This morning I woke to a few posts in my social media feeds about the 'new' muppet to hit Sesame Street, Julia. She's an autistic 4yo with red hair, green eyes, a stuffed toy, and a really, really big smile. She loves picking flowers and painting. I'm an autistic parent with three kids, including autistic almost-4yo twins. One of my twins has a lot in common with Julia.
I've been focussing heavily on follow-up from meetings with the UN in Geneva for Autistic Family Collective. In the meantime, I have found pockets of writing space for some posts I am proud of over at Respectfully Connected.
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.
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