Why I permanently paused early intervention therapy for my children

Once upon a time, not very long ago at all, I saw my family's neurological, sensory, communication and developmental differences as 'issues' that needed interventions from clinicians. We were struggling daily as a family, and I thought that helping my children 'be OK in the world' would help us all. I did not believe that … Continue reading Why I permanently paused early intervention therapy for my children

Genetic testing, an autism biobank, and a baby

If we had access to genetic testing before my child was born, we might have terminated the pregnancy. This statement makes my chest tighten with anxiety; and my body heavy with remorse. Not because I disagree with people's right to make choices about their body including their pregnancies. I support sexual and reproductive rights. I … Continue reading Genetic testing, an autism biobank, and a baby

Letter to Australian autistic people & their families

This week, the Australian community was shocked with multiple stories about the abuse, torture and murder of autistic children. It was a hard week, with the usual responses from parents and service providers sympathising with the perpetrators, and using this as an opportunity to talk about services. Sparrow Rose Jones wrote an exceptional piece in response … Continue reading Letter to Australian autistic people & their families