It's called "Atypical" and it's on Netflix. It's a funny, at times heart-wrenching, and often thoughtful portrayal of a family and most importantly, a young man, dealing with all the ups and downs of autism.
Now, it must be stated that people with autism have for too long been left out of the conversation regarding what's best for them. There are many on the autism spectrum that have found their voice or any other number of ways to communicate their preferences and needs, and they have been marginalized. This is bad, this is wrong, this is unnacceptable. We have to know that. However, it is not okay to villanize those who've attempted to bring autism to the collective conscience. There are many of us, (me, for example) that do not have autism and have an awful lot to say about it because we live it each day with those we love more than life itself.
If you are a self-advocate, I applaud you. And I remind you that there are many children and adults who've yet to find their form of communication and rely respectively on their families to help them navigate a particularly brutal world.
Both of the scenarios are okay. We do our best.
Some have said "Atypical" is just another stereotypical representation of "high-functioning" autism. (Which I agree is represented far more than any other form of autism).
However, the facts remain that there are many who live in that stereotypical world of literal thinkers, high-anxiety, and constant social confusion. There are families and loved one trying desperately to connect and learn forms of communication they never imagined in order to reach each other. There are children and adults who will watch and relate and laugh and cry and that's amazing.
Netflix's show "Atypical" is important. It might not reflect your particular experience, but I can assure you it represents the experiences of many. And most importantly, it continues a discourse that is pretty crucial to someone I love very much.
It's okay to laugh at yourself. Even if you have autism. It's okay to laugh at yourself, even if you're a dad who is trying to reach your boy with autism. It's okay to laugh at yourself, even if you are just learning about autism.
Now, that I've said my piece, I think I'll do a little bingeing; both on my new favourite Netflix show and on the junk food they sent me to enjoy while I watch it.
Don't hate me because you ain't me.
It's back to school time. I'm sorry, but someone had to say it. I know you're desperately trying to sqeeze in another beach day but Sweater Weather is just around the corner so it's time to start your back to school shopping. I started with MDHandfieldDesigns because their Made in Canada educational toys are perfect for my kids and my classroom.
Why don't you take some time to browse this shop and comment below your favorite school subject as a child to be entered to win one of two handmade wizard wands (as seen below).
With so many things on your plates these days it can be seriously hard to get that crucial episode of Scandal in before the dreaded spoliers hit your social media feeds. Moms have been admitting that they are finding some pretty creative ways to sneak a little extra Netflix in during the day.
Are you sneaking a few extra episodes of your favorite series? How do you make it work?
Check out the infographs below for some tips and tricks on getting your sneak on.
I'm not even going to pretend.
I've watched every season over and over and over again and I'm still not tired of it.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Considering my number one, this shouldn't surprise you.
There were women kicking ass before Wonder Woman, ya know.
The most clever television I've ever enjoyed. A far superior show to my top two, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
House of Cards
This should simply be on everyone's list.
I hate that I love this show.
It is the creepiest, most disturbing series.
I wonder what Olivia Pope would do about that clown in the White House?
Is there really anyone left that hasn't binged this entire series?
Law & Order: SVU
The Good Wife
I rejected this suggestion for so long but I am glad I finally gave in because this show is great.
I have five epidoes left in the entire series and I am in mourning.
I adore these beanbag chairs by Honeysuckleandlime.
The kind artist insisted on sending my girls each their very own personalized beanbag. She didn't send them because she wanted me to write about her so she could garner sales. She wanted to send them because she found something in our story that resignated with her. I'm writing about her because her shop deserves your attention.
Her find textle work is second to none and everyone that walks into my girls' rooms wants to immediately know where I got the awesome beanbag chairs. Ari, the artist, makes more than these chairs, but I'll let you explore her shop to find that out for yourself.
Thank you Ari! My girls could not be more thrilled.
NoBadMondays has not only the best shop name we've seen in awhile, but also some of the cutest mdoern deskpads out there. You can even order a custom version if you're so inclined. I needed the extra large, paint-dipped marble deskpad but you might be more inclined to the pineapples or the the hearts. Either way, if we must spend many, many hours at our desks we should at least make it look nice.
I've often thought I'd love to have a family ring. I've just known I wanted something different from the traditional birthstone variety. I found these initial rings at Jon Jon Jewels and I adore them. I think it's a really chic and different way to celebrate your family. Maybe we should start a trend.
There are a number of other things I love in this shop, so you'll have to check out the slideshow below to see those. Browse the shop to see everything this jeweler has to offer.
You can't know how much I adore this artist. MarMar, who spent some time in my neck of the woods at Art School, is responible for these gorgeous and remarkably clever and witty pieces of jewelry.
The little child wearing the shark costume is, by far, my favorite and should adorn every little spitfire of a little person we know.
Yes, you know I have a little spitfire of my own, and I was thinking it might be the most perfect end of the school year present for her.
I'd really love to know which are your favorite pieces. My eldest now owns the chic little cat bracelet pictured and she even tries to wear it to bed. I can't say that I blame her, though, I'd wear it constantly, too.
A mom like you.
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