Using arbitrary and limiting labels of high functioning and low functioning, with the intent to help one get a “better picture of the person with autism”, is not only insulting, but dehumanizing. Pathologizing reinforces a deficits view of autism. These labels serve no one. No human is all one thing. We each have good days and bad. We all have struggles and strengths.
The most challenging part of this work I do is changing the mindset that RDI is like nothing else you have ever tried. The most rewarding part of this work is seeing a parent of an autistic child have an “ah ha” moment, then they finally get it.
I have chosen to continue my professional path with autistic people and their loved ones… I am exactly where I want to be.
Most women today feel that if they are not completely exhausted by the end of the day, that they haven’t done enough. Because it feels like there’s always more to do.