I had a meltdown today. This is what it is like for me. We often put autism on parade through television and social media, as we portray the meltdown as uncontrollable violent outbursts that endanger everyone around them. Meltdowns happen to just about every autistic person, and is the term used to describe any kind of … Continue reading Inside a Meltdown with Autism.
I am Laura Nadine, entrepreneur, single mother of two children, and I am autistic. Autism has made it into the news quite a bit over the past decade, and most recently under the hashtag #BoycottAutismSpeaks. Despite the seemingly sudden growth of Boycott Autism Speaks, this fight is not new. Back in May of 2013, I … Continue reading Boycotting Autism Speaks is not enough.
I recently read a wonderful post on BBC Ouch, by a guest blogger named Mark Neary. In his blog, he wrote about how clinical jargon is used in his autistic son's life, and how sometimes that jargon actually diminishes people's perception of his son as a person. I have encountered this same use of clinical … Continue reading The Developmental Corset of Therapy, and How to Break It