Tag Archives: communication

Just Because You Delete, Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Reply…

So, my friend Jess (Diary of a Mom), shared a fantastic post from M at Invisible Strings – this is like playing a game of neurodiversity telephone… hah! – regarding autism not being a mental illness, but not insisting on autism NOT being a mental illness, because that shifts the negative stigma onto those who […]

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OUTSIDE READING: I’m Sorry… My Eyes Are WHAT?

I don’t like linking to pages which include “Aspie” in the title because y’all know how I feel about that word, but this is a good takedown of an article recently published in the New Yorker which has the following within it:   “For parents of autistic kids, awareness is desperately important. It’s a searing […]

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Public Parenting… You’re Doing It Wrong

When you post memes which say: “Imagine being a therapist… living with your anxious clients. Always on call. They can knock on your bedroom door at any given moment. They have your private cell phone number when you leave the office. You are the one person in the world they trust with all of their secrets […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Behavior Plan For Parents of Newly Diagnosed Autistic Children

“Your feelings about autism are constructed by living in a world that fears and stigmatizes disabled lives. Your distress about an autism diagnosis are most certainly because of these unhealthy messages. Please remember that your behavior in regards to your child’s diagnosis is a choice. Signing this behavior plan means that you will always put […]

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Meltdown vs. Tantrum

PLEASE learn the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. They may appear the same, but are VERY different… Tantrums are willful obstinate behavior. Like when a kid throws themselves on the ground because Daddy won’t buy them the $200 Lego set. Or when cookies are denied in the mall food court and the kid […]

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OUTSIDE READING: 10 ‘Autism Interventions’ for Families Embracing the Neurodiversity Paradigm

THIS ARTICLE IS SO WONDERFULLY ACCURATE!!! And in the comments on the Respectfully Connected FB post, Bri from RC elaborated on number 9: “# 9 recommends critically thinking about whether we would ask a non-autistic child to engage in this therapy. If the answer is no, it is a good indicator that we should think carefully about […]

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OUTSIDE READING: 10 Things Autistic Kids Pick Up Quicker When Not Bullied

“As an educator, I’d like to say this: Why in corn’s name are you waiting for a child to be abused by their peers in order to ‘promote social justice, tolerance, respect, and acceptance’? The time for that promotion is all the time, no matter who is or is not in your current classroom. If […]

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Aggressive Kid Flowchart

Behavior is communication. ABA isn’t necessary, because it is compliance based. You should not be working to alter who your child is, but helping them to adapt while giving them the support & accommodations they need. There’s a delicate balance, but with assistance, you CAN find that balance. This flowchart is a good way to […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Why Adults Get a Pass When Kids Don’t

“What neurodivergent kids are really learning when we call events expected and unexpected is what we neurotypicals find comfortable and pleasing and what we find uncomfortable and displeasing. Unexpected language patterns are ‘non-functional’ because they are not goal-oriented, they don’t accomplish a task. How boring.” – “Functional language,” shoes, and why adults get a pass when […]

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What is a Tantrum? What is a Meltdown? 

Tantrums are typically willful non-compliance. Personally, I’d rather someone terms it as me losing my s**t than calling it a tantrum. Hell, I call it that sometimes. Being in my mid-30s, I’m not a disobedient child… I just can’t handle processing my environment and don’t know how to react at that point. I have little […]

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