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Diverted

Roxanne Hobbs

A journey of resilience to the newest frontier of inclusion

Diverted

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£8.99

ISBN 9781781327586

Published Feb 2018

Paperback
203 x 133mm (138 pages)

So where do we stand with a diagnosis that calls the child autistic rather than, perhaps, describing their behaviour as autistic? I struggle with labels that encompass the whole person. Perhaps this is only because of the on-going stigma around autism, kicked off by Leo Kanner back in the 1940s. Perhaps if we saw the condition more through Hans Asperger’s lens then it would be seen as a more positive label. However, I am still cautious and reluctant to use a word that labels the person rather than the behaviour. In the beginning, Kanner was mapping a distinctive constellation of behaviour. Silberman notes, “in other words, it was the children’s behaviour that he was calling autistic, not the children themselves”.

Roxanne and her husband were blindsided when their son’s schoolteacher suggested that their five-year-old was autistic. In a five-minute meeting, the shift from confident parents of a ‘normal’ child to parents who had a son with suspected special needs was all too sudden.

As a result of their experiences, Roxanne and her husband have expanded their understanding of resilience and humanity. This has inspired them to implement the change that they want to see in the world. They now believe neurodiversity to be the newest frontier of inclusion.

Diverted is the journey of their struggle, their learning and, ultimately, their strength. It is the story of an ongoing mission for two parents to make sense of their reaction as their preconceptions shift. This inspiring book reshapes our understanding of what it is to be human and to live in a more inclusive world.

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