The Stop Rule: teaching children consent through play

Content Warning: this article discusses the dangers of making children vulnerable to abuse and manipulation, but does not discuss specific instances of abuse. Not long ago there was a debate on a British mo...

A brief guide to coping with being different

I wasn’t very old at all when I first noticed I was different. I didn’t have a word for it until I was 24, but my differences have rarely been a secret - to me or anyone else. And sometimes, sadly, other peo...

“Hating autism” and the damage it does

If this article challenges you, it may be a good thing. I’d encourage people to read this with an open mind, even if your instincts are telling you to oppose it.   I used to have a love/hate relation...

Navigating the autism diagnosis journey as an adult

More and more adults are coming to realise that they’re on the autism spectrum. Sometimes the possibility of autism is suggested to them by a friend, sometimes a family member, and sometimes the realisation com...

I just found out I’m autistic. What do I do now?

When I first found out I was autistic, I didn’t take it well. (Spoiler alert- things have changed a lot since then.)   I remember my conflicting response to having the news broken to me: the cross be...

Anger and growing up: ten tips to beat it

Some years ago, I smashed up our family’s shower head because it wasn’t doing what I wanted. Looking back, I probably should have dealt with it better. Impulses do have their uses- if you need to jump out of...

What to do when your family doesn’t accept autism

“My parents don’t accept that I am (or my child is) autistic. What should I do?” This question ranks pretty high on the most frequently asked list. We just recently had a discussion about it on Autistic Not ...

How do I stop my child using autism as an excuse?

I didn’t expect to be asked this question as often as I have been. It’s a tricky one to even ask. After all, autism really does affect children in extremely serious ways. And parents are often swamped by ign...

30 translations for people who struggle with hints

Disclaimer: this article contains a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour that's not to be taken seriously. And if I know anything about the internet, there are people out there who will take this tongue-in-cheek humou...