Un-Boxed Brain

Parenting an autistic child is hard (but not for the reasons that you think)

This post was originally published on Autistic Family Collective; a now defunct website for an advocacy group I used to work with. Our life is different to many families, but that there is nothing bad about that difference. When my son was first identified as autistic, I heard a lot of negative words like ‘deficit’ …

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Neurodivergently: New word for neurodivergent people

Neurodivergently adverbin a neurodivergent manner, or in a manner that may be unique due to an individual’s neurodivergence. On 20 September 2015, I coined a term which I would like to explain properly so that anyone who identifies as neurodivergent can use it as they choose to. Before deciding that I had definitely coined a new …

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People who apparently have superior social skills lack an important one

I have a tendency to notice patterns. This probably isn’t surprising to many people, but basically how it works is: I see something and I think that’s unusual, and then I start noticing that the thing that I saw is not really that unusual: it becomes a pattern. The pattern that I have noticed recently …

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I only needed paper…

This week has been a difficult week for me. My son and I had a few medical appointments scheduled, as well as some other outside of the home activities. It has been overwhelming, and this is when all systems crash. “Executive function is a broad term that refers to the cognitive processes that help us …

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