“How do I deal with this child’s disruptive behaviour?” It’s a common question. Before I give my answer to it, I think it’s really important to understand the question that is really being asked.
It no longer shocks me when I read comments on social media that excuse the murders of disabled people. In fact, these days I actually expect it to happen.
When I was in primary school, I went to stay with my grandparents one night that I have not forgotten, even 30 or so years later. Last week I received a message on my blog that I doubt I will ever forget. The two events are separated by decades, but remembering the first just after the occurrence of the second started a chain of thoughts that brought me to a place of realisation I was not expecting.
In the ongoing dialogue around the needs of Autistic people, I see a pretty consistent divide.
There is a group of people saying that Autistic people need to be put in therapy or treatment to ease their symptoms, and that it would be good if there was a way to cure or prevent Autism.
And there is a group saying they don’t and it wouldn’t.