I posted the following on Diary’s Facebook page last night, then decided that I wanted it to live here. I hope you’ll forgive me for reposting it, but I think it bears repeating.
With all the talk today about language – about avoiding broad generalizations like high and low functioning to (largely inaccurately) categorize those with autism, many of you asked the question – then what is the shorthand? How can we describe our children (or ourselves) in a quick, concise way that people will understand?
All that I can tell you is what I’ve learned about my child. There is one label and one label alone that can possibly encapsulate who she is – “Brooke.”
A reminder: Please don’t forget to check in periodically at the Community Support Page – either to seek answers or to offer support and wisdom when you can. Thank you!