I have been appreciating lately the quiet in our lives. We are not quiet. Not even a little bit quiet. We're neurodivergent in various overlapping ways, and for us that means constant running, singing, jumping, stimming, chatting, climbing, moving and creating. But although my family are the opposite of quiet, we have made deliberate choices … Continue reading When life is quiet
Value yourself. Get more sleep and make it a priority. Cuddle your babies when you sleep too. One day they won’t be there to cuddle. Do these things when you can; even if it’s just some of the time. If you forget, forgive yourself (just as you forgive your children). Fear, guilt and perfection don’t go well with an adventurous, juicy life.
Once, my family life looked like this: two working parents, one child in kindergarten, playgroup, soccer, music, and playdates with friends in-between. We were stressed, we were exhausted, we were constantly melting down, and we were taking medication to cope. We are all neurodivergent. Identifying and understanding our neurodivergence has created space for some significant changes in our family...
New on Respectfully Connected: It is just over a year since we withdrew our eldest child from formal education after the stress became unbearable for him. I was tentative about our decision. As a successful ‘product’ of formal education, and a pretty mainstream gal, I had never considered homeschooling, let alone the child-lead unschooling adventure we have embarked on. But we did it because we had to, and over the past year I have discovered real joys and benefits of home educating my three neurodivergent children.
I hope The Real Experts finds its way to the hands and hearts of many parents, professionals, and others who care for autistic children. I hope they find it early. I know it will have a profound impact on their parenting and understanding of autistic children.
This post on the Respectfully Connected blog has been popular with parents who want to support their autistic children to develop in a way that honours their own unique developmental trajectory... Guidelines for families with autistic children If families, caregivers and health professionals accept the neurodiversity paradigm, 'autism early intervention' looks very different. The target of intervention is … Continue reading 10 ‘Autism Interventions’ for Families Embracing the Neurodiversity Paradigm
Autistic Family Collective recently ran a social media campaign to present more positive views of parenting autistic children #MoreThanOneAutism Story I see you… I invite you to see me I see you, Sitting in the car outside the paediatrician’s office. In shock. Your child has been diagnosed with autism, by a health professional using a list … Continue reading More than one autism story
Have you ever been told that you are spoiling your children? Said yes to an extra ice cream? Been quick to forgive or overlook a child's accident or mistake? Twice this week, complete strangers have told me that my children are spoilt. They've told me in my children's presence. More at Respectfully Connected...
You'll find a piece of my writing, Querencia, in the new book from Autonomous Press, The Real Experts. In The Real Experts, Michelle Sutton has brought together writing from autistic authors to offer insight and support for families with autistic children, and also for educators, therapists, and other professionals. “Full of practical advice and transcendent ‘Aha!’ … Continue reading The Real Experts
Respectfully Connected: Journeys in Parenting and Neurodivergence is a group blogging project celebrating neurodiversity in families. I've been contributing at Respectfully Connected since its inception, and you can read all of my posts by visiting Respectfully Connected here