Real world fears “Wait until they get into the real world”. “In the real world they will have to do this”. I have heard real world fears thrown around a lot in recent years, I have used them myself when fear creeps in. If you don’t do this, when they get to the real world […]
About Amy Bean
Amy is a mum to two children in a neurodiverse family, a youth worker and devoted chocolate consumer. New to the autistic community, with her eldest identified autistic in July 2014, Amy has found that autistic voices have been her biggest ally in understanding her son and being able to provide him the support and understanding he needs. Amy feels strongly about neurodiversity, ableism and challenging the myths around autism.
Entries by Amy Bean
Some people are dismissive of the Neurodiversity Paradigm and feel it’s a glitter bombing of all things autism. It clearly isn’t. And sometimes things are really hard. But we can handle this with respect to the person who is having a difficult time and support everyone. I wanted to share what we do whilst riding […]
Recently a relative described my 3 year old as “cold”.
Because she did not interact in the way that a relative believed she should. She did not want to be hugged and kissed by them. She had not seen this relative for months, nor did she have a particularly special bond. Nor does my child like being particularly cuddly with anyone apart from myself and my partner.
I wish people would understand that No Child owes them affection, for anything. Full stop.
My family’s busy looks different. Neurodivergent family members require lots of downtime and space around activities that leave them tired, wired and all peopled out. We chose to unschool as part of realising that the school life wasn’t suited to us, and wouldn’t meet our needs. I get this, I’m getting this much better these […]
Performing. How did they perform today? How was their performance? They are performing better than expected. They aren’t performing like their peers according to this graph. Performing and performance, children are constantly being assessed, evaluated and tested. Are they reaching milestones ? Are they behaving like peers? Did their sibling read at this age? Are […]
I wanted to write and share my discovery of dyslexia. That I’m dyslexic. That I have joked about it for as long as I could remember. Joked that I did this or that or struggled with that time sheet again or couldn’t add a simple sum at lunch to split a bill. I would add […]