‘a hairdryer kid in a toaster brain world’



Once again, I found myself referring to her post the other night. It’s become such a part of my vernacular, it’s almost unavoidable. It’s just too good a metaphor. And when something is THAT good, there’s really no point in reinventing it. I mean, who has the time?

So there I was, sitting with two dear autism mom friends and talking about ~ what else? ~ our beautiful children. We’d gotten into a conversation about how the world’s perception of our kids’ differences is so often situational – how a challenge in a particular environment may well be perceived as an advantage in another.

And there I was – yet again – saying, “Oh my God, have you seen the incredible post that Mom-NOS wrote about her BRILLIANT presentation to her son, Bud’s classmates?” And then promising – yet again – to send someone the link to the post.

I really believe that Mom-NOS’s post should be required reading for anyone who has autism, has a child with autism or knows anyone who has autism or has a child with autism  ~ which, you know, is kinda like EVERYONE. Cause yeah, it’s that good.

So, um, read it. OK?

And then let me know what you think. I give you –

Hairdryer kid in a toaster brain world

Ed note: The post above is just one in a series of entries detailing the entirety of Mom-NOS’s presentation to Bud’s class and the Q&A that followed. I happen to think that the whole darn thing is unadulterated genius. In addition to her incredibly insightful answers to the class’s questions, the posts highlight a group of kids that sorta gives me hope for humanity – and no, I’m not being overly dramatic.

I highly recommend reading the whole series, in order below. Happy reading!

Opportunity, possibility and community

Circle of friends

Hairdryer kid in a toaster brain world

Meanings, feelings and whacky hair

Sing out loud; sing out strong

Shake your sillies out

That’s not what I hear


Friendly Talk

Where are we headed?

Different like me

With a little help from my friends

The wrap-up

12 thoughts on “‘a hairdryer kid in a toaster brain world’

  1. Hairdryer kid in a toaster brain world was the first blog post I ever read after my son was diagnosed. It is brilliant and is always in the back of my head as my son and his siblings wind their way through school. Thanks for sharing it again.

  2. I DO require it for my students who are going to become teachers to read- that, and her essay “The Purplist” about inclusion that works. Phenomenal writing…

    • I just read it yesterday morning, it so happened my sons’ teachers were having a meeting with the educational specialist the school had hired (we luv you, marypat!)….I immediately brought my laptop over to my printer & printed out EVERY ONE! Put it all into a file folder & brought it to the school 🙂 I am expecting all his teachers/aides to read it!

      Mom-nos….I have quite a few questions for you….could we open a dialog? bwillowtree@hotmail.com Please please please.
      God bless you for sharing!

  3. comments from FB

    MGL This is truly an AMAZING presentation! What a brilliant analogy.

    RJ Loved it Jess!! Sometimes after a hard weekend, I need reminding too why my son is amazing and this was a perfect post for me ….

    SSH I want to pass on a great book that I found that can be read to the kids in our children’s classroom. My Friend with Autism written by Beverly Bishop. It will help them understand some our kid’s challenges in a possitive way. I found it at Barnes & Noble 🙂

    SHWQ brilliant!…x

  4. more comments from FB

    MH-G Wow, I even got a little teary eyed reading the reactions of the kids after the presentation. The “amazing platypus” got it right on the nose! Thanks for sharing these other blog posts. I wouldn’t otherwise be able to find them!

    TG Thank you so much for sharing this! I find it so refreshing to read about what others are experiencing, especially since this is something I think about often. What a wonderful thing for Mom-NOS to do for the students of her son’s class, and for her son! There is so much we can do to bring about more understanding for our children and perhaps even bring an end to bullying. That is the one thing I think that children who are “different” have to deal with the most. It is also the ONE thing I worry about the most for my son.

  5. I sent the link to my son’s teacher. Ben is in a self-contained class, but their are inclusion classes throughout the school and the district.
    I LOVED her explanations, and felt adults as well as children could put their arms (and hearts) around them.
    I forwarded the link to Ben’s teacher (sheepishly) and let her know to forward it to other parents if she deemed appropriate. She wrote back that night. She also loved it, and will share with other parents and others.
    Thanks again!

  6. I’m presenting at an autism conference this weekend and I’ll discussing social skills as the parent of a child on the spectrum. I’m going to have to squeeze some room into the presentation to read an excerpt from the “toaster brain/hair-dryer brain” post. While the audience will be mostly made up of educators, I think it will REALLY help them better understand the brain of a child with autism, and help their students understand as well. THANKS SO MUCH for sharing the link!

    • i’m so glad! i think it’s a wonderful tool for anyone who is looking to better understand our children, and i’m so happy to know that it will be used this way!

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