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The core of self-advocacy

– your needs are VALID!

by Adina Levy

This podcast episode ‘NeuroAccessibility & being a Neurodivergent Parent‘ is a wonderful, meandering chat with my friend Annie Crowe, who is a Neurodivergent Empowerment Coach, NeuroAccess Consultant, lawyer, mum, brilliant AuDHDer human.

Listen here or watch on YouTube!

I wanted to share this idea that Annie talks about, relating to the very core of self-advocacy:

“In terms of the first layer of teaching your child to self-advocate, it’s teaching them that their needs are valid. And you can do that by modelling”

It’s such an important thing for neurodivergent people, disabled people, and (really anyone, yes YOU too!) to recognise that your needs are valid. That’s the beginning of untangling from internalised ableism.

So what does this mean in terms of how you support neurodivergent children?

It means LISTENING to and WATCHING them

It means BELIEVING them

It means RESPECTING INDIVIDUAL NEEDS & WANTS

 

Sounds easy? Maybe! I’d love it if we all commit to monitoring our actions and behaviours, and see if we’re truly living these ideas when we are with kids (and remember to validate your own needs too!)

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