embrace neurodiversity this summer by reading, listening and learning from people’s lived experiences

Listen to these Empowering Role Models Today!

Continue spreading the holiday share this week – Give the Gift of Understanding!

Role models are so important for promoting understanding, especially for children. I have found that hearing from someone with lived experience, and seeing what they have achieved can be so empowering for the kids I know. Do you think it can help you too? For more on lived experience, check out Podcast Episode 115.

Looking to do some holiday reading? Why not read books by authors with lived experience – click here for more information.

What this Podcast Contains:

Page numbers refer to the Holiday Newsletter – download it HERE (no sign up required)

✅ Sharing Diagnosis – Why, When and How to tell my Child (pages 8-9)
✅ Promoting Understanding (page 5)
✅ Using Picture Books to Educate the Whole Family (pages 6-7)
✅ Holiday Reading by Autistic Authors (pages 10-11)

What this Newsletter Contains

✅ 14 tips for Christmas / Holiday Season
✅ Promoting Understanding
✅ Using Picture Books to Educate the Whole Family
Sharing Diagnosis – Why, When and How to tell my Child
✅ Holiday Reading
✅ Using Cooking to Teach – Teaching Diversity through Food
✅ 6 Key Strategies for Creating a Calming Area at School and Home
✅ 12 Essential Tips for Concerts and End of Year Celebrations
Stocking Filler Ideas
✅ Give the Gift of Visual Time – Using Timers to Minimise Stress
🎁 30 pages full of strategies and tips 

Other Empowering Role Models with Lived Experience


Episode 72: Everything you Need to Know to Discuss Puberty & Periods with Robyn Steward

Episode 81: How Embracing Autistic Strengths Changed Chris Bonnellos Life

Episode 120: Strategies & Insights to Inform your Teaching Practice with Temple Grandin and Sue Larkey

Episode 166: Temple Grandin – one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World – shares her Insights into Sensory, Social and Behaviour

Episode 74: Yenn Perkins Discusses the ‘Wonderful World of Work’

Episode 75: Dean Beadle Discusses Autistic Identity and What It Means for Him

More Resources 

I CAN Network: click here for their facebook page

Yellow Ladybugs: click here for their facebook page

Person-first language OR Identity-first language?

There is considerable debate around “person-first” language versus “identity-first” language. What this means is should we say “Autistic Person” OR “Person With Autism”.

There is no universally accepted preference, so personally I am always guided by the person as to what their preference is. Just ask! However, when in blogs, facebook and podcasts, I try to use a combination to address the range of preferences in my audience.

But if you are wondering, the majority of facebook pages I follow advocate for person-first language i.e. person with autism. 

Books by Authors with Lived Experience

Access these Empowering Role Models Today!

  • The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods

  • Thinking in Pictures