neuro

divergent

flow.

Thriving happily naturally!

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Neurodivergent flow

The natural way we, my child and I, as neurodivergent autistic humans

love, play, learn, work, live and heal.

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OUR RADICALLY ACCEPTING FLOW

I know in my gut my child's true-life flow will flourish when they live by the sea. When we go to the beach, it's like they are returning home. Like two long lost friends reuniting.

 

Except no one is lost.

I mean it's hard to lose the ocean.

More like, "oh there you are,

it's sooo good to see you again!"

 

Our coastal friend does for my child what society can't be their home! Right now we'll make do with travelling 6 hours many weekends to the coast and back during the warmer months.

 

If we arrive after 3 hours of travel and the conditions aren't right for the ocean or within my child, we practice Radical Acceptance of our neurobiology, what we need to be okay and apply Fluid Plans and drive back home and try another time.

 

As my soul friend says,

"It's all about choice". 

Oh, yes it is!

 

–FAN xx

Our neurodivergent autistic minds, hearts and bodies experience and connect with the world in the most exquisite way

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We place our wellbeing 

and in particular, our safety, first in all that we do,

all else flows on from there.

OUR LANGUAGE, OUR NARRATIVE

 

As proud Neurodivergent Autistics, equals to non-Autistics, we use respectful language when talking about our identity, culture, neurology and experiences. 

 

We find pathology deficit narratives about our beautiful Autisticness deeply offensive.

We free ourselves from societies demand and expectation that we fix, change or cure to 'fit', and reclaim, respect and protect our Identities and Culture and nurture our Neurodivergent Flow: the natural way we love, play, learn, work, live and heal.

 

We celebrate who we are, born perfectly in our own, is our way.

  • We use identity-first language, 'I am Autistic' opposed to people 'with Autism'

  • We use Autistic, Autism or Autism Spectrum: and drop the word  'with', and 'Disorder'

  • Co-occurring experiences replace 'co-morbidity' or 'condition'

  • We respect our Innate Pursuits and refrain from describing our meaningful, purposeful passions as 'special interests'

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A CO-CONTRIBUTOR

FOR THE ND.CO

 

"To be Neurodivergent is to be a person who is wired to think, be and do differently."

The Autistic led Neurodivergent Collective is a global accessible educational and informational resource for parenting, supporting and educating neurodivergent people from birth to adulthood.

 

Including Educators, Psychologists, Speech-language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Consultants, Advocates, Activists, Music Therapists, Parenting and Family Support Specialists, Environmentalists, Published Writers, Public Speakers and Parents.

FAN'S

CONTENT

EVERYTHING AUTISTIC, PDA. ADHD & OCD

 

  • AND A  HELL OF A LOT MORE! HA!

NEURODIVERGENT WAY & FLOW

RADICAL ACCEPTANCE & LOVE

PDA: POWERFULLY DETERMINED AUTODIDACTS

CHILD LED LEARNING & CULTURE

TRAUMATIC WITHDRAWAL

  • EDUCATIONAL & SYSTEMATIC TRAUMA

FREEDOM FROM FAMILY VIOLENCE

OUR POWERFUL PROTECTORS

SEXY SEX HEALTH & SAFETY

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When I first attended your group with grandma, I didn’t think it would impact me like it has...that something has lit up again. It lit up and it’s burning.

YOUNG WOMAN, 16 YRS

artwork by JT

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Two PDA'ers thrive being neurodivergent:

autodidactic, authentic, innovative, and individual

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WE PROTECT OURSELVES FROM OTHERS ways THAT suck the life out of us

TOOLS THAT

CAN HELP

To know and walk my path

nurture my child to know their own, 

they lead

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"Yes, having the opportunity to learn about health, relationships, everything that was talked about helped me realise that I’m no different from everyone else. I use to think I was ugly and that no one liked me. I actually feel good about myself, no one is better than me. I’m perfect in my own way. I like myself a lot more and realise who I am.  

SINGLE MUM, 19 YRS

connection is life!

 

* trigger warning*

 

How are you going to save me?' 

 

Waiting for others to save us nearly killed us. We don't do that anymore.

 

We save ourselves by listening within to what we need to be okay and to thrive.

Both my child and I started experiencing suicidal ideation as children, so has my Neurodivergent parent, housemate and many friends and their children.

This is a shared lived experience.

Suicide is one of the reasons Autistic life expectancies are a mere 34-55 years!

 

It's dangerous to be disconnected from our Neurodivergent flow, our identity and culture: the natural way we love, play, learn, work, live and heal.

We don't' underestimate the vital practice of our safety and wellbeing in all we do.

 

Our very lives depend upon it.

I wish I was told about our current dyer short live expectancies when we leant we are amazing Autistics, as knowing this, assists with all our decisions to live longer rather than risk dying to 'fit' in. Autism doesn't kill us, trying not to be Autistic does.

Our lives matters – we matter.

– FAN xx

Well, that got deep fast! Ops, I can't help myself!

CONTENT

ROARHEART

 

Roarheart.com is a platform demonstrating radical acceptance through personal storytelling, sharing lived experience of reclaiming, reviving and protecting autistic/neurodivergent identity and culture.

 

Neurodivergent flow is the natural way an autistic/neurodivergent human loves, plays, learns, works, lives and heals.

 

It's the way we roll.

Read, view and listen to lived experience through stories of how one parent and their child thrive naturally and happily when connected to their Neurodivergent Flow.

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TRADITIONAL

OWNERS

 

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

SHARING

FLOW

My indigenous friend and I swapped paintings as gifts to one another. Our demonstration of appreciation and gratitude of the personal heartfelt stories of vulnerability shared together through our art and the survival of abusing ourselves with alcohol.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT

OUR AUTISTIC/NEURODIVERGENT CULTURE

​We acknowledge our LBGTIQ2KA+kin autistic/neurodivergent humans.

 

We use identity-first language, "I am autistic", opposed to "I'm a person with autism", reflecting Autism at the core of our identity, that Autism is a Spectrum, a part of neurodivergence and not a disorder. We radically embrace and celebrate neurodivergence.

 

Authoritarian and conforming learning and approaches such as ABA or Applied Behaviour Analysis, treatment or cures, ableism or functioning labels are harmful to both FAN and their child's neurodivergent neurobiologies.

 

AFFILIATED DISCLAIMER

 

ROARHEART™ makes no recommendations nor has any opinions about or is responsible for the content or deficit language of neurodivergence on sites and links that are external to ROARHEART™. The language that describes neurodivergent neurologies and life experiences as disordered, defective or that to be "fixed, changed and cured" is offensive and harmful to FAN and their child.

It is strongly recommended that medical, psychiatric and other therapeutic advice or treatment can only be given by suitably trained and accredited professionals. ROARHEART™ is not a substitute either inferred or directly to replace any form of treatment participants are currently engaged in. We further suggest that prior to making any changes to current treatment participants discuss this with the practitioner that prescribed the treatment or at least get a second opinion from a suitably qualified and accredited clinician. We cannot do this we are not qualified.

©   ROARHEART™  2020

Two PDA'ers discussing their lived experience of PDA on the FIGHT&FAWN podcast

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