Parents who are neurodivergent themselves have often experienced these distressed behaviours first-hand, and therefore understand more clearly the behaviours of their child. This means that they can communicate to us what distressed behaviours are really all about. They want to see language that shows this empathy and understanding towards their child.
We were reminded by Karen of the need to write for a neurodivergent community. For example, Autistic readers will often be very literal in their understanding, so we need to avoid the use of metaphors. This means being careful about our choice of language, making sure that it is clear and cannot be misinterpreted.
We are always learning and we have most to learn from the communities of parents and carers who use the Local Offer. We are committed to always working with the families to co-produce our content, and improve the way we write for the families - making sure the language we use is always sensitive and inclusive.