“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…

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…

WHAT’S IN A WORD?

This article appeared on February 21, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell Words are powerful.  They allow us to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions. Words can also hurt.  Whoever coined the old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me” must have led a charmed life. I…

AUTISM IN THE WORKPLACE

This article appeared on September 8, 2016 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell I was born with the social skills of a used teabag. Seriously, I thought maybe the other kids in school had been handed a manual on “peopling” one day when I was off sick or something.  But thankfully I’ve learned enough over…

“So What Exactly is Autism?”

This article appeared on April 1, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell Around this time of year, I usually get asked to speak or write about autism.  I’m happy to do my bit. April is Autism Awareness Month and 2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day. It’s a good opportunity to engage with people outside…