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ABOUT THEIR DAY–TO–DAY LIVED EXPERIENCES
The anonymous authors celebrate and revel in absolute awe and amazement at both their own and their child’s neurodivergence.
Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, side by side together, navigating and Mastering an Autistic way of living. They are successfully achieving this by applying what the authors affectionately like to refer to as the 'Child-Directed Approach' which focusses primarily on strengthening and encouraging Self Care First. This has been central to finding peace in a chaotic world when applied to all areas of their life and learning.
"In the UK, thankfully, this is improving slowly. The ‘education and handling’ guidelines produced by Newson and colleagues at Sutherland House School, a special school maintained by autism charity Autism East Midlands (previously NORSACA), have been adopted as part of the Department for Education’s National Autism Standards for schools. These differ from those recommended for other autistic children in important ways, advocating a child-led, choice-driven approach."
In addition to being an anonymous PDA autistic artist/designer and writer, the author has created and developed a highly successful and liberating program which they also facilitated with astounding outcomes for young and autistic/neurodiverse women. The program is based upon a book written by the author who survived; undiagnosed PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) autism, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and chronic illness, family violence, addiction, mental illness, eating disorders, poor body image, self-hate, depression, difficult relationships, financial insecurity, unemployment and struggles with day–to–day living who developed a new way of living to live a healthier life.
The author loves and respects their PDA Autistic child's autodidactic, and non-conformist, free-thinking, which when encouraged and nurtured supports their child's entrepreneurial learning style.
Before making a decision to entirely devote their life to the ongoing quest of aiding and adapting to their child's learning, as well as finding new ways to support their child's diverse needs, they had a successful career.
Of course, there were definite loss and major changes which had to take place, to fully commit to this new way of life moving forward. None of which the author felt was more important than being called to step up to the challenge of fulfilling this new role and their real life's purpose.
Bravely and courageously saying farewell to all that was familiar, was a painfully laborious process that required shedding and detaching from the many different layers of self – unmasking – that the author had identified with for most of their life. The author beautifully describes this as being the catalyst which provided them with the most insight and clarity into who they truly are, but also the only job or accolade worth succeeding at in this life.
This included such things as their love of teaching graphic arts, running their own business, hosting and attending many public speaking seminars and local workshops, and quirky talent and love of appearing in several television commercials.