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Unbroken: Learning to Live Beyond Diagnosis (Inspirational Series)

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The staff at the rehabilitation looked on as we drove away, and I knew that they would try to follow me. I needed someone to not judge my reactions to things and for someone to realise that I had lost my structure and routine.

When Alexis conceived her second child, she reasoned that autistic people should not have to enter pregnancy and birth worrying about being misunderstood, marginalised and traumatised. Isolating and removing vulnerable individuals from their families and support networks cannot enable these people to flourish.

I foster these skills in the hope that one day, if they need to, they will understand their social responsibility and do more than engage in a complex form of dissonance in which they disengage from their own actions, while simultaneously acknowledging that they took them. The harmful medicalised model of treatment hung over Alexis’s experience, as she struggled to advocate for own needs within an institution that failed to see her behaviours as distressed and involuntary. She adds that her crucial, calming half-hour of outdoor leave could be taken away by staff saying: “I can’t be bothered to go out for a walk today, you are not having your half-hour. From Dover they went to Paris where she caught a flight to Dubai then a further flight to Lagos in Nigeria. Sickening claims against UN aid agency REVEALED: Israel accuses UNRWA staff of role in Hamas kibbutz.

Staff seemed to relish their power over us, telling us we could go in the garden and then that actually, no, we couldn’t. Heartbreaking final moments of boy, 14, who drowned trying to cross the Channel to the UK are revealed by. It was a disaster for Harry when he was rushed back to Britain after his Afghan tour of duty was leaked.After running for a few minutes, I felt calmer, but then I realised a car with five men inside it was following me. She connected with other autistic parents and was saddened at the scarce resources for autistic people. ITV's Love Island All Stars faces backlash from fans over complaints about the format: 'Streaming platforms have me spoiled! And yet, although the unit was run like a prison, every Friday evenings, they would drop me at the station so that I could get two trains – a journey of hundreds of miles, alone – to spend the weekends with my parents and daughter.

But the ATU staff refused to let me go, even though I explained that I was a voluntary patient who had got myself to the hospital, meaning I could legally come and go whenever I wanted. Effectively incarcerated following a period of grief and uncertainty, Alexis was misunderstood and mistreated by the institutions in place to help and support her. She does think that there is a growing swell of opinion against the use of restrictive practice and behaviourist methods of control.

Alexis Quinn was a school teacher of over ten years, former professional athlete and author of her ground-breaking memoir, Unbroken and now , Autistic and Expecting. She tells me that, while the world is often shocked by examples of more extreme abuse such as people being assaulted, low-key abuse can be just as damaging. The rest of the time there was nothing to do except nursery-style activities such as colouring in, as though we were toddlers.

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