[38] S3, Ep7: Raising and educating an autistic child as an autistic single parent
Topics in this episode: alternative education, autistic children, burnout, homeschooling, parenting, PDA profile, single parent

Lottie Jones was diagnosed as a result of her son being identified as autistic PDA in 2018, when he was eight. She is a single parent in her late thirties, and lives in Pembrokeshire in Wales, where she home educates her son, makes macramé and sells vintage items.

This conversation came out of a discussion we had on one of my Instagram posts about parenthood and autism, and the particular challenges of being an autistic single parent of an autistic child.

In our conversation we talk about 

➡ Her son’s difficulties at school, having to advocate for him, and her decision to take him out of the school system 

➡ The struggles she faced herself when she was at school

➡ Her recent burnout, and the issues at work that fed into it

➡ Being an autistic single parent of an autistic child

➡ The challenges of home educating her son and how they’re navigating it together

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



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