I am Autistic with a capital A.
I prefer Identity First language.
1. “I am Autistic” is a reclamation of identity, taking back what is mine. I stand proudly Autistic and I reject attempts made to stigmatise and stereotype who I am.
2. Autism is as much a part of my heritage and ancestry...
Who do you draw courage from?
I draw courage from those who are willing to be radically themselves. The people who I know behind the scenes are getting their arse kicked; both to their face and behind their back.
Behind the closed doors of my community are autistic advocates, PDAers, ADHDers, of...
I have to make a daily, often moment by moment conscious decision to drop from my head space down into my heart space when it comes to parenting my girls.
For far too long, I was riddled with self doubt, seeking answers outside of myself.
Always wondering what others would do. Do they intuitively...
It's important we tell our children the truth.
When an adult stands over a child, tells them "I make the rules", attempts to intimidate them or yells,
It's the adult who is out of control and not the child.
We are human. We all have human moments.
We yell, we stand over, we do many things in the spur...
In the name of honesty and transparency, I'm going to tell you a story.
Within the last two years I've noticed changes with not only my vision but my eyes.
I noticed that they were often bloodshot or itchy, sore or watery.
Some mornings I'd wake with swelling around my eyes and they were...
I'm always so moved by how beautifully supportive this community is.
Today is a new day.
The sun is up, the air is fresh and with that, comes new thinking and doing.
I am so privileged to be trusted so much by my community that I have the honour of holding space for those families who want to...
When supporting families to find calm and peace in their life together collectively, Neurodivergence is profoundly important to understand and recognise.
In our extraordinary families, we balance significant support needs; up and down and in and out we go, a constant process of give and take.
Yesterday I was interviewed by a wonderful woman who creates spaces that are inclusive for neurodivergent kids.
I was asked a really great question.
After mentioning that within my positive autistic identity framework, I NEVER use the abbreviation "ASD" or refer to an autistic person as an "ASD...
"I wonder when *insert public figure or professional who works in the autism field* will work out that they're autistic" is a sentence often typed and spoken inside of the autistic community.
We know our kin.
We often know before you do.
Autistic people, neurodivergent people have an energy about...
Why do those of us with a PDA autistic profile antagonise others?
To restore balance.
When our threat response is activated and perceives a compromise to our autonomy, the resulting expression or behaviour will LOOK LIKE a grasping for control elsewhere.
PDA is pervasive. It is mostly beyond our...
Ahhh being autistic PDA and in business, hey.
It's bloody hard work.
I'm not talking about the challenges that come with being autistic, ADHD and PDA and running a business either.
I'm talking about the weird concept of me being my brand.
My PDA expression involves a serious intrinsic, inherent,...
Before the youngest two of our four girls were old enough to go to school, my husband and I had a system.
It took us years to work out.
After many tears, sweat, rage, calling each other an arsehole at 2am.
We're autistic amongst other neurodivergences and we had no clue back then.
Most of our days...