Parenting

Floating in Endless Space

Originally published on Respectfully Connected My son and I have not been in the chilled out space that we are usually in. We’ve lost the rhythm that is usually present in our family. But I’ve finally realised the problem: Neither of us have a special interest at the moment. This has never happened to us before. …

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Talking about needs without dehumanising

[CN: Functioning labels] I’ve written about functioning labels before. I would encourage anyone to follow the links contained in those posts because I’m not going to repeat them here. My problem with functioning labels is that they they are harmful. People think they mean that some of us don’t need any support, while some of …

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You think what?

[CN: Mourning for disabled children; murder mention] Three years ago, I sat in a psychologist’s office and the words she said still repeat in my head at times: “I think you need to mourn your son.” There I was spluttering out “you think what?” and all the while I was wondering whether I was stuck …

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Not a Single One

Originally published on Respectfully Connected I hear a lot of parents say that they had to give up on their dreams and expectations for their children. It’s not always parents of autistic children. Sometimes, it’s parents of children without any disabilities, but it does seem to be a recurring theme in communities where parents of autistic …

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