“I OVERTHINK, THEREFORE I AM”

I have a brain like a runaway train Oh, what will the next station be? Death or disaster? I need to work faster I think the cat might need de-fleaed… I have a brain like a runaway train It’s powered by guilt, fear and caffeine Memories cramped in the vaults that store tales of my…

If Neurodiversity Doesn’t Challenge You, You’re Not Doing It Right

by Maura Campbell Posted on  June 23, 2018 on Spectrum Women “Would you like to pet the lambs?”  This story comes back to me whenever I have to check in with myself on whether I’m ‘doing neurodiversity right’. Let me explain. It was shortly after my son’s autism diagnosis, and many months before I’d cottoned on that I…

THE NIGHT I SAID “I HATE AUTISM” AND WHY I WAS WRONG

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Earlier this week, Chris Bonnello wrote an excellent blog about why he believes saying “I hate autism” is wrong. He approached a difficult subject in a fair, balanced and constructive way, and with some trepidation. He was right to be nervous. This is an emotive and neuralgic issue which can quickly drive autistic adults and autistic…

Parenting, Spectrum Style

This article appeared on April 9, 2018 on Zoom Autism Magazine by Maura Campbell My son is the most adorable child on the planet. This irrefutable, undeniable fact has been independently verified – by both his grandmas.  I am immensely proud to be his mother. Don’t just take my word for it: he’s bewitched pretty much…

WHY WE THINK OUR PETS MIGHT ALSO BE ON THE SPECTRUM

This article appeared on March 29, 2018 on Spectrum Women Magazine   A Spectrum Women collaboration, edited by Maura Campbell Kate Ross, Anita Lesko, Jen Elcheson, Lisa Morgan, Becca Lory, Christine Jenkins, Terri Mayne, Jeanette Purkis, Barb Cook Spectrum Women share a love of animals and we definitely reckon Kathy Hoopmann was on to something in her…

THE TOP TEN THINGS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GIRLS ON THE SPECTRUM

https://medium.com/specialolympics/user-submission-from-the-uk-maura-campbell-on-why-its-about-more-than-the-r-word-f4b44ff2a8d This article appeared on March 8, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   A Spectrum Women collaboration, edited by Maura Campbell In honour of International Women’s Day, the Spectrum Women writers have compiled a list of things we think it’s particularly important for parents or carers of girls on the autism spectrum to know. Maura Campbell…