ABA, Emma Dalmayne, Growing up undiagnosed

Its OK Not to Be OK, Especially On Mother’s Day

Not everyone has a great relationship with their parents and that's ok. It's hard to love yourself as a parent when you had some pretty bad ones growing up and you grew up in a toxic environment and I want you to know it's ok not to be ok. I did not have the best… Continue reading Its OK Not to Be OK, Especially On Mother’s Day

ABA, ADHD, autistic culture, Growing up undiagnosed

Intelligence Tests Given to Children are Unreliable and Ableist

It is no secret that I was diagnosed with ADHD as a 6 year old. They did a whole battery of tests. I remember them, vaguely. It is also no secret that I was an abused child. Today, I found out they both have everything to do with each other. Today, in a Facebook group… Continue reading Intelligence Tests Given to Children are Unreliable and Ableist

ABA, Veterinary and Autism

If Electric Fences are Abusive for Dogs, Why are They OK for Your Autistic Child?

As an autistic parent to autistic kids, a veterinary technologist and a human being, I never thought I would have to write this. In an autistic led parent education group someone posted about elopement and how to help their child. One person suggested an electric fence. Adverse Effects of Electric Fences The data is on… Continue reading If Electric Fences are Abusive for Dogs, Why are They OK for Your Autistic Child?

ABA, Autistic History, Disability History

Autistic History: Judge Rotenberg Center

The Judge Rotenberg Center is an institution that is located in Canton, Massachusetts. It was founded by Mathew Israel in 1971 and originally called the Behavior Research Institute. Israel was a psychologist who trained with B F Skinner, the founder of radical behaviorism. In 1994, they changed their name to the Judge Rotenberg Center to "honor the… Continue reading Autistic History: Judge Rotenberg Center

ABA, Problematic Organizations, Problems

Problematic Organization: A E Wood Foundation

AE Wood Foundation is a non profit charity that was established in 2018.They have a location in Tampa, Florida and Memphis, Tennessee.  Their goal is to connect families with the medical, therapeutic and educational providers. "The foundation works to enhance the ability of children and young adults and their families to succeed in life while… Continue reading Problematic Organization: A E Wood Foundation

ABA, Positive Changes

Big Names in Entertainment are Changing Their Perception on Autism on World Autism Day

All the autistic community wants is to be listened to and not be spoken over. Amplify our voices and express what the autistic community wants not what the NT think we need. Last year it was a dumpster fire. A lot of big names in entertainment were talking over us and deleting what we were… Continue reading Big Names in Entertainment are Changing Their Perception on Autism on World Autism Day

ABA, Disabled Parenting

When 2e child Is Placed in the Correct School Setting

When a child is placed in an inappropriate setting at school, it affects the child in more settings than school. My son N is 10 years old. He has been in typical classes since he was in preschool. He was diagnosed as autistic when he was 3. When trying to get hims services we were… Continue reading When 2e child Is Placed in the Correct School Setting

ABA, CoMorbidities, Diabetes, Disabled Parenting

When Your Autistic Child with a Serious Medical Condition has a School Nurse Who Tries To Go Against Doctor's Orders

 *Disclaimer: This blog was written with A's permission. I would never betray my son's trust like that* It is important to know how to advocate for your autistic child who also has a serious medical condition. This is especially true when dealing with school nurses.  As most of my readers know, my 10 year old… Continue reading When Your Autistic Child with a Serious Medical Condition has a School Nurse Who Tries To Go Against Doctor's Orders

ABA, Disabled Parenting

What Happens When An ABA Survivor Finds Out These Tactics Are Used On Their Own Children

It is common knowledge I had a very horrific experience with ABA as a child in the 1980's. It left me with horrible PTSD and other mental health issues. I vowed to never subject my children to such abuse. They do not need to be trained to conform and forced to mask.  The way the… Continue reading What Happens When An ABA Survivor Finds Out These Tactics Are Used On Their Own Children

ABA, Disabled Parenting

Firing Your Kids Should Never be an Option

Anyone who meets me and sees how I parent will tell you that I am big on life skills. I want my kids to know how to take care of themselves. When I went off to college, I didn't even know how to do my laundry. My college roommate taught me. I do not want… Continue reading Firing Your Kids Should Never be an Option