‘Normal is a cycle on a washing machine’

If you received our Christmas card this year you’ll see that line. Here’s where I got it: from a cool new documentary called Neurotypical that’s been entering film festivals across the United States including Sundance and Tribeca. I hope it makes it because I can’t wait to see it.

Have a look at the trailer.

And if you want a good laugh, check out the page on the film’s website about what being neurotypical is all about. I’ll get you started with the first sentence:

“Neurotypical syndrome is a neurobiological disorder characterized by preoccupation with social concerns, delusions of superiority, and obsession with conformity”

I love this take on how the autistic community views us!

It’s a strange balancing act – being a parent of a child with Asperger’s. Part of what we want is for our child to fit in, to feel as though they belong. We teach them social skills, we help them smooth the rough edges. But there’s another part of me that wants to rebel against ‘fitting in,’ a part of me that wonders is that strategy is really helpful.

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