A few months ago, I was watching my son play with some of his toys. The things that he was playing with were part of a set designed to be used as a competitive game where whoever spills the most coins wins. This was not the way that he was using these items.
[CN: filicide, abusive therapies, walk in my shoes]
Recently, Michelle Sutton published an article in The Huffington Post that points out that parents, the media and “awareness!” organisations (scare quotes intentional) tend to say overwhelmingly negative things about raising autistic children, and, of course, someone decided to comment on her article saying ‘walk in my shoes’.
[CN: ABA mention] I often get involved in debates with parents of autistic children. These debates revolve around the idea that if they shove their kids into intensive behavioural modification therapies, they believe that they’re doing the best thing for their child. They’re not.
Many autistic adults have objected to behavioural modification therapies.
I woke up this morning experiencing something that I can only describe as an ’emotional hangover’. I think all the emotions I experienced yesterday took more of a toll on me than I expected, and everything was just too much.
I tried to ignore that feeling of too much, until a really innocent comment
I’m so angry right now that I could spit fire.
On Friday, I spoke with a journalist who was writing an article about parenting autistic children. I hate speaking to people on the phone. It is something that I am not good at, and it uses up a lot of spoons …
There are some words that cause a physical reaction for me that is similar to anger. Manage is one of those words, and I’ve written about that before. Fun is another one of those words.
What?? I don’t like fun? No, I do like having fun. I love the concept of fun.