• Full meta: a story about writing a story

    Full meta: a story about writing a story

    In this relatable blog, a member of the Reframing Autism team shares how the convergence of her demand avoidance, extreme performance anxiety, perfectionism, ADHD and insecurity almost froze her into complete inertia. She describes how she was able to silence her inner critic with self-compassion: “My inner critic was still there, as she will always be. But the more I began to peel back the layers and understand myself more fundamentally, I noticed another figure in the front row … she is still an indistinct, elusive construct, often overshadowed by the domineering and ruthless voice of the critic.  She watches me too but it is with unconditional love.”

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  • The gift of unconditional love (Arabic)

    The gift of unconditional love (Arabic)

    This piece explores parenting and unconditional love – Arabic version.

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  • The gift of unconditional love (Mandarin)

    The gift of unconditional love (Mandarin)

    This piece explores parenting and unconditional love – Mandarin version.

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  • The gift of unconditional love (Vietnamese)

    The gift of unconditional love (Vietnamese)

    This piece explores parenting and unconditional love – Vietnamese version.

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  • The gift of unconditional love

    The gift of unconditional love

    Very often when I talk with parents of Autistic children, especially parents of Autistic children who are non-traditional communicators, one of their deepest and most abiding fears is that their child will never say the words, ‘I love you’ to them. It seems to many parents to be such a fundamental and profound need, to hear those words, spoken by their child, in their child’s own voice, like it is the ultimate proof of the bond between child and parent, the paramount evidence of shared devotion.

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  • Investing in relationships: The core business of parenting

    Investing in relationships: The core business of parenting

    There is no doubt that parents are busy. The struggle of the juggle is real. Work, domestics, parenting … they all very often result in parents being stretched too thinly. Let’s face it, it makes me exhausted just thinking about the never-ending rotation of cooking, cleaning, washing, groceries, ironing, not to mention the diplomacy required to negotiate the tricky business of sibling interactions, or the extra-curricular routines that require a dedicated taxi service, or the day-to-day skirmish required to achieve clean bodies, hygienic teeth, full tummies.

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