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My hopes for the future for Autistic Children

Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast – Episode 37

by Adina Levy

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In today’s episode, I’m keeping it short and sweet. I’m going to share eight of my biggest hopes for the kids, today and tomorrow. I’ll also share a few wonderful hopes that some beautiful folks shared on Instagram. I have such desire to go deep into commenting further on each one of these hopes. Into the practical, how we get there, but I’m going to leave that for myself in future episodes. I think it’s really important sometimes to pull it back and remember why we’re here. What is the big dream? The big vision, the big hope. 

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Transcript:

Welcome to the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast for adults who support Neurodivergent children. Whether you’re an allied health professional, medical professional, education professional or a parent of a Neurodivergent child, you are welcome here. 

This podcast is recorded on the Aboriginal lands of the Gadigal and Bidjigal people. I acknowledge the traditional owners elders past and present, and I extend my acknowledgement to any Aboriginal first nations people listening in. 

I’m Adina from Play. Learn. Chat. I’m an autistic ADHDer, a speech therapist, professional educator speaker, and I also support Neurodivergent Business owners in my other business, neurodivergent Business Coaching and Consulting. 

I’m obsessed with creating a world when Neurodivergent people are understood, embraced, supported, and celebrated. A world where we Neurodivergent people can understand ourselves and thrive in a life aligned with our individual strengths, wants and needs. 

On the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast, you’ll get my perspectives and conversations with my Neurodivergent friends. All about how adults can best support Neurodivergent children in our lives. 

I bring a Neurodiversity Affirming approach and indeed a human affirming approach to the support that we all provide for Neurodivergent kids in our lives.

Let’s dive in. 

I have just closed up the doors to one of the main things that I do in my play land chat business, which is my course for speech therapist, affirming communication for autistic children. And I wanted to kind of strip it all back and go back deep down into the why, why I created the course, why it exists, why I do what I do. 

Now, if you’ve listened for a little while you followed me for a little while, you know that in play land chat, I predominantly talk about supporting Neurodivergent children. And in this particular corner of my work is where I think about autistic children. So many of the things that I share absolutely applied to probably you, two adults listening, whether you are Neurodivergent or not. So much of what I share also applies to other Neurodivergent children and neuro-typical children as well. 

Absolutely. And I do sometimes get comments from people asking me why I’m only talking about X, Y, or Z. Well that’s because that is my chosen focus for this particular corner of my work. 

So that’s my little disclaimer is that yes, absolutely. I hope these things for everybody, but the reason that I’m sharing today’s topic, which is what I hope for, for the future of the autistic children who are growing up today and into the future. 

The reason that I have these hopes is because These things are overwhelmingly not happening for the autistic children of today. And of the past and I was one of them. And I have so many friends and Euro kin who are in a similar position today. I want everybody in the future to have a better life. Why not? Let’s wish that for everybody. Yes. And I absolutely want that for the autistic kids of today and tomorrow. 

So I’m keeping today short and sweet. I’m going to share eight of my biggest hopes for the kids and today and tomorrow. I also will share a few wonderful hopes that some beautiful folks shared on Instagram. In response to me sharing this content.

I hope that these kids will know who they are and how their brain works. 

I hope that these kids will have pride in their strengths. 

I hope that these kids will find their people, friends who respect understand and deeply connect with them. And of course, family too. 

I hope that these kids will grow up with adults around them who see them for who they are. And don’t try to change their essential selves. 

I hope that these kids will understand what makes them feel good, happy, joyful, sensorily, regulated, et cetera, and seek and ask for more of it. 

I hope that these kids will understand what makes them feel bad. Icky. Icky frustrated, worried, et cetera, and avoid it and ask for less of it. 

I hope that these kids will be able to spend most of their learning time engaged in enjoyable activities that light them up and fit their brains. 

And I hope that these kids will live in a world that understands respects and celebrates the unique fabulousness. 

That’s just the beginning. And I really invite you to share with me and with our community, what your hopes are for the autistic kids of today and tomorrow. 

Some of the comments I’ve already had a so beautiful and I’m going to share them.  One of you has shared, I hope that these autistic young people know that their true version of themselves are truly great and they are incredibly good human beings. And that they are amongst good company with other autistic people. I love that. , and she adds,  I also hope that when they look in the mirror, they feel proud and can say cool things about themselves,

Somebody else shared you hope for a real place at the table of life, not pushed off to one side. somebody else shared. I hope for all of the things you mentioned so that the next generation of autistic adults will be able to write autobiographies full of stories, of joy support and acceptance. I want autistics to have less stories of trauma. Yes. Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Yes. 

This is where I’m going to leave. Today’s episode. Very unlike me, I have such desire to go deep into commenting further on each one of these hopes. Into the practical, how we get there, but I’m going to leave that for myself in future episodes. I think it’s really important sometimes to pull it back And remember why we’re here. What is the big dream? The big vision, the big hope. 

And for those of you who have joined me in my professional education, whether it’s in my affirming communication for autistic children course, whether it’s in my webinars, my other programs and supports that I offer. Aye. Um, shaken with delight and gratitude that you allow me to be part of your journey to help you help these kids get to that beautiful future of acceptance of joy of. 

Understanding and of connection. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. My gratitude is immense. And I feel like we might spend the rest of the year unpacking all of these things. One other thing I wanted to leave you with is that I’m really keen to connect with diverse Neurodivergent folks who would like to share their stories, their information, their learning, their ideas. With me on the podcast. 

So probably Instagram might be the best way to get through to me. Or you can send me an email. hi@playlandchat.com. If you are thinking that you might be interested in hopping on my podcast and sharing space with me, go for it. Or if you have someone in mind that you would love to hear on the podcast, especially if you have connections to them even better, but I’d love to hear who do you want to hear me chat with? On the exploring neuro-diversity podcast. 

I heard that for the rest of 20, 24,  I’d love to bring to your ears. More conversations with diverse Neurodivergent folks. So feel free to submit yourself or somebody else who you would like to hear from. And I’ll see what I can do. 

My hope for you is that you have a week of self-acceptance. Of calm of curiosity and of connection. Thank you so much for sharing this space and time with me. Thank you for being open to learning and unlearning and to listening to the perspectives and experiences of Neurodivergent folks. 

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 I’m  📍 @play.Learn.chat. Have a spectacular day!   

 

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