Not sure about ever following a behaviour plan myself, but this looks a useful set of guidelines for parents and carers of children with new diagnoses… what do you think? What would you add? 🙂
Your feelings about autism are constructed by living in a world that fears and stigmatizes disabled lives. Your distress about an autism diagnosis are most certainly because of these unhealthy messages. Please remember that your behavior in regards to your child’s diagnosis is a choice. Signing this behavior plan means that you will always put the dignity, autonomy, and love for your child above buying into the dominant narrative of tragedy or the belief that autism is something that the Autistic person is doing to you.
- I promise to never use my child’s most vulnerable moments for sympathy or to “raise awareness”. I recognize that I am my child’s safety net against an often hostile world. When I feel like sharing, I will ask myself if this is something that I would want others to share about…
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