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Putting the brakes on

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 […]

When our kids act out

Before I had a few kids and learned better, I believed extreme emotional reactions from children to be inherently problematic. I assumed, a bit too literally perhaps, that children would model their behaviour on their caregivers and the people they spent significant time with.  I worried about ‘exposure’ to problematic (or so I thought) behaviour […]

Sleep Our Way

A basic Google search on “autism sleep” quickly returns over twenty eight million results.  I daresay there aren’t many places that autism is discussed without sleep being a part of those discussions. I will confess that I live in a very well insulated bubble and am a bit flabbergasted when I step out of my […]

Guest Post: Dear Autism Expert

The following is a guest post submitted by Xeniphia. Dear Autism Expert who thinks I’m coddling my likely autistic children by still lying down with them each night until they fall asleep, I know that look that you get on your face, and the irritation in your eyes, and what it means when you look […]

You Don’t Have to Understand Everything

As an autistic parent to an autistic child, I often play the role of a cultural ambassador in online parenting forums. Some neurotypical parents of autistic children – not as many as I’d like, really – are keen to hear from autistic people when it comes to understanding their children’s neurotype and their experiences of […]

Don’t you DARE call my Autistic son a “sissy”

(This post is the second in a three part installment. The first part appears here.) “Don’t you DARE call my Autistic son a “sissy!” These are the words that I wish I had uttered a few days ago. It was a sunny, beautiful Saturday afternoon – made even more beautiful by the fact that it was […]