Month April 2022

Part 2: Saluting Unsung Heroes

Our last piece titled Saluting Unsung Herores, put the spotlight on three individuals who are usually the first point of contact into the world of neurodiversity. In this piece, I would like to highlight the practitioners who work closely with neurodiverse individuals through Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech & Language Therapy (SLT), Special Education and creating inclusive spaces for all. These unsung heroes work tirelessly and have chosen this path for the love it.

Saluting Unsung Heroes

One of the most useful resources to me are the people who work with neurodiverse individuals everyday. They do this, because they choose to. This piece will highlight practitioners, what they do and their thoughts on stigmas around autism that need to be broken. This is the first of a 2-part series which will wrap up our series of articles themed “Breaking the Stigmas”, in April for Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month.

Embracing Autism with Love

This piece aims to shed some light on a key stereotype and stigma on autism - stims! There are interventions which aim to stop stims, linking it to behavioural issues thus defining autism as a behavioural disorder. When behaviour is assumed as a “problem” interventions focus on “fixing” the undesired behaviour.