Part 2: Adult Diagnosis and What it Means
This week, in Part 2, Kieran Rose and I will discuss late diagnosis and what it means. In Part 1 last week, we discussed a number of topics around neurodiversity including who to listen to as parents when our child is diagnosed with so many opinions out there, and the balance between what we want as parents for our children and what our kids actually need.
Kieran was also my guest on a two-part podcast last year with Dr. Virginia Spielmann where we discussed redefining the false autism narratives including many topics such as Kieran’s personal history and diagnosis, building on strengths, ableism, the social and medical models of disability, learning from autistic self-advocates, and much more.
This Week’s Guest
He offers online learning about understanding autistic experiences for the public, as well as offering training for organizations. His course, The Inside of Autism, is a very popular course that parents from ICDL’s parent support group that I facilitate have attended and found extremely helpful.
This week’s PRACTICE TIP:
Have you noticed that your child has many of your traits? Perhaps you were a lot like your child when you were young? Use this to fuel your connection with your child!
For example: When your child’s behaviour might trigger you, step back and take a breath. Put yourself in your child’s shoes and try to remember being in a similar situation when you were a child in order to empathize with what your child is going through. Be there for your child in a compassionate, understanding way and let them know you felt that way, too, when you were young and you’re there to be with them and help them if they need help.
Until next time, here’s to choosing play and experiencing joy everyday!