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Neurodivergent scheduling

08/03/2023

Neuronormative scheduling can set us up for failure – but what are the alternatives? Dear neurokin,   when scheduling an appointment or a social engagement and someone proposes a specific time/date, you ARE allowed to ask for a time that suits you better. You are allowed to say „can we do it a week/month, two/three…

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A response to Peter Gray: children who seem to direct play aren’t tyrants – about harmful narratives that marginalise neurodivergent play

07/15/2023

I’d like to share my thoughts on a specific part of this post by advocate and researcher Peter Gray. It’s a post where Peter Gray, whose work on play and child-lead learning has been invaluable, examines the dynamics between parents and young people when parents join play without actually enjoying it, with resistance to it.…

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Book Discussion of „A Day with No Words“ by Tiffany Hammond (long version)

05/13/2023

*See here for a shorter version. Today is the day: The children’s book „A Day With No Words“ by autistic author Tiffany Hammond is officially out. Today is also the day I get to review „A Day with No Words“ the book for the official the book tour. Because I live on another side of…

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Book Review of A Day With No Words by Tiffany Hammond

05/12/2023

Short Version **For a longer discussion of this book, see here. A Day with No Words, by Tiffany Hammond is beautifully written, lovingly illustrated by Kate Cosgrove, and fills parts of a void that some of us didn’t even realise existed. In short rhymes that flow so effortlessly they read like prose, Tiffany Hammond’s A…

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„Their overdramatized ’scared jumps‘ they do when they hear my son grunt.“

03/08/2023

This is from a social media response to this important post by Fidgets and Fries whose online work I highly recommend. If you are on Substrack or Patreon, this is one of the pages that really merrits financial support, too, as Tiffany Hammond cuts through lots of intersecting dynamics of discrimination to make some much…

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Danny With Words powerful words on priming and possibilities

03/02/2023

If you aren’t already, I cannot recommend following Danny With Words enough. This post is a social media response to Danny’s list about the kinds of preparation and priming that Tara and Danny (and others) do for a pretty large, upcoming trip to Japan, where they have family and haven’t been in a long while.…

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Nose-bubbles, respectful support for building competence and what „child-lead“ doesn’t mean

02/28/2023

This was originally a social media response response/addition to a this beautiful post by my friend and neurokin The Peaceful Swim Teacher that merges with things I’ve been wanting to express. Both posts questions adults‘ fear-based ideas around how children build competence. Alex is an exceptionally skilled, childism-informed and respectful swim teacher and swimmer, and…

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