Functioning Labels: A Lost Opportunity

Functioning Labels: A Lost Opportunity

“‘High functioning’ is used to deny support. ‘Low functioning’ is used to deny agency,” points out Autistic activist Ellen Murray. Research shows that in addition to being rather inaccurate in summarizing abilities and needs, stigmas surrounding functioning labels negatively affect the perspectives of many service providers. So why use them, especially when there are betterRead more about Functioning Labels: A Lost Opportunity[…]

What is Executive Functioning?

What is Executive Functioning?

Executive Functioning is complex and often misunderstood.  Without a firm understanding of what Executive Functioning is, when a student is struggling with executive functioning, parents and professionals may assume the student is unmotivated, careless, resistant to help, etc.  This could not be further from the truth! Children struggling with EF are working very hard toRead more about What is Executive Functioning?[…]

Magical Abilities

Magical Abilities

Let’s set a scene. Pro-neurodiversity parent decides to “change the script” and posts “Tell us about all of the amazing things your little one does! Let’s show everyone how amazing autistic kids are!” Responses range from cute, funny stories to deep reflections on how children’s’ identities teach others around them, etc. I have participated, even,Read more about Magical Abilities[…]