When I was a kid, school didn’t know I could read because I wouldn’t read aloud. Situational mutism I am situationally mute. For anyone that isn’t aware of what that is, it simply means that in certain situations, places or around certain people I don’t want to and… More and exposure anxietyExposure anxiety (EA) is a condition identified by Donna Williams in which the child or adult feels acutely self-conscious; it leads to a persistent and overwhelming fear of interaction.Exposure anxiety… More locked my lips.
One day, in a quiet corner with a semblance of psychological safetyPsychological safety is a condition in which you feel (1) included, (2) safe to learn, (3) safe to contribute, and (4) safe to challenge the status quo—all without fear of… More, I quietly, in a whisper, read a book cover to cover to my teacher and said, “Can I go now?”
I’m hyperlexicImage credit: “Neurodivergent #2: When visions leap off the page” by Betsy Selvam Hyperlexia is when a child starts reading early and surprisingly beyond their expected ability. It’s often accompanied by… More.
And autisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline. If… More.
During my school career, I was both r-word and genius.
In a culture that conflates eye-readingThere are three types of reading: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading.The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning Most schools and… More with intelligence, my course and fortunes changed when school noticed that I could not only read, I could read anything. I went from being a full time r-word to a part time one, depending on who was in the room with me and if I felt safe enough speak.
R-word and genius. The differenceOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals… More in impressions is due to psychological safety, it’s presence and absence.
Autistic people are psychological safety barometers, and we’ve turned classrooms into a hell for autism.
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