Monday, February 16, 2015

Guest Post by Mary Goodman: Sharing about Being a Female on the Spectrum and Helping Foster Understanding and Empathy for All

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our next guest writer, Mary Goodman. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met Mary through Twitter and she has graciously agreed to share an excerpt from her original article with us on Nathan's Voice. Please give her a warm welcome and I encourage you to leave her a comment at the end of her post!

"My parents sent me to a therapist when I was in second grade because I was not forming relationships at a “peer normative” level, in addition to being diagnosed as having learning disabilities. I was not informed of why I was seeing this therapist, or why I was being given a pill every morning and afternoon. This pattern became pretty routine in my life: get taken out of school at some point during the day, once a week, for a few hours, go talk to some person, get taken back to school. I can’t say I was complaining about these arrangements. The person often had board games, and the social situation at school was unpleasant so I was happy enough to go without question. Such visits became a normal fixture in my life."

To read Mary's article in its entirety, you can find it here. You may also follow her on Twitter @juineve to share her stories with people so that they feel less alone in their journey. Thank you for your support!

Swing By, Check Out My Latest #Autism Post and Show Some Support!

I have some exciting news that I haven't shared with very many of my friends. I have been given the awesome opportunity to help a friend with her website and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. The Founder and Editor-in-Chief has been working with me, to make sure that I am ready, before moving on to anyone else's posts. I appreciate the time that she has taken to help me prepare for this task and I hope that I don't disappoint her or any of the other contributing authors from the site.  I have to admit that it was a little overwhelming to be looking at my own scheduled post, in a different perspective, as the assistant editor. I'm already critical of my own work and this gives me an added appreciation for the job which editors do to make articles look their best!  

Please take a few moments to check out my latest post on Special Happens, Planning "Sensory-Friendly" Family Time That Everyone Will Enjoy, leave me a comment in support, and then share it with someone you know.