Anxiety: Avoid or Enable? By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

So much preparation and thought goes into your child when you have a child with special needs but it is well worth the effort. I feel that my children are better off with all the support and professional advice that we have received and continue to receive and apply as a result of their respective diagnoses than they would have been if they were any other child because it has forced me to be a more informed and conscious parent. Any of the things that I do with my boys are applicable to any other child for supporting, encouraging and helping them be the best that they can be (with vulnerabilities that they are not ashamed of).

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Strategies: Communication and Behaviour By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

Strategies: Communication and Behaviour By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara I started this blog 6 months ago. Over that time the way I write has changed. I decided to look though […]

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Shame and the Unwanted Identity by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

"…I do not exist without autism, neither do my boys. The way my brain thinks is who I am and autism is the way my brain thinks…."

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“You Are More Affected By Autism Than Me,” by Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

My teenage cousin Lucy (not her real name) randomly said to me one day “I think you are more affected by autism than me.” Her socially inappropriate remark made me want to laugh. My immediate unconsidered thought was that Lucy was definitely more autistic than I was….

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On “Doin’ Time” and Learning to Fly (Part I of the “Padded Room” Situation)

On “Doin’ Time” and Learning to Fly (Part 1 of the “Padded Room Situation) Note: This is one of those posts that I hesitate to write in a public space, […]

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To Label or Not to Label By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

To Label or Not To Label By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara Soon after the day that my husband made the ground breaking revelation that my son Jeremy was “just odd […]

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No One Deserves to Be Bullied

Originally posted on Emelie's Voice:
There comes a point in time where sometimes we have to step up and say the things we never want to say. We address…

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On Middle School Follies and Mean Girls: Portia and Cassius Speak Out

I will admit, that I am quite fond of Emelie. Her book has inspired both me and Cassius. So it is possible that I am not the best person to respond to this post, but reading the post brought up all my feelings of helplessness and frustration that I experienced over the past school year with Cassius: watching him be bullied, and not be protected by the school that was supposed to protect him. Reading that another child was experiencing something similar just absolutely breaks my heart. This is our letter to Emelie.

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Autism and Sensitivity, By Guest Blogger Rachel McNamara

After writing my last post on autism stigma and Autism Speaks and commenting on the posts of others on the same topic, I began to feel anxious, depressed, faint and nauseous. These are feelings that I am accustomed to having before, during and after many social interactions in person and online, whenever they extend past pleasantries and into the murky territory of feelings…

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