I’m an autistic parent (which means that I am autistic and I am also a parent), and my family is a Radical Unschooling family. It is disheartening to be ignored and silenced within Unschooling communities, however this is what happens all the time to autistic parents who wish to speak about the intersection between neurodivergence […]
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.
Strangers saying they’re sorry when they hear my children are autistic. Acquaintances telling me what a good parent I am just because I love and accept my children. A society that is scared of my children because they move, communicate or experience the world differently.
Recently, I have joined the long list of parents of autistic children who have to consider whether or not to medicate their child with psychotropic medications. Psychotropic medications alter chemical levels in the brain and impact on mood and behaviour. These medications have brand names like Prozac, Lovan, Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Risperdal and others. Many […]
You asked to be timed to run up and down the hallway. Over and over again trying to beat your own time. Then we took a measurement of how high you could jump. Now you’re doing some ‘exercises’, counting your reps and checking your biceps. You like to be strong. You do some hanging and […]
Letting go. Letting go of routines. Be where you want to eat. Choose where you’d like to sleep. Wake when you will and sleep when you must. Letting go of all and any control of food. Eat when you like from what we have, the way you like. Don’t eat. Do eat. Served how you […]