The Damage Done By ‘Normal’ and ‘Natural’

Two simple words but they cast a lot of pain

I have an adult son with autism. I spent a lot of his childhood trying to find ways to describe non-autistic people without using the word ‘normal’.
The phrase that was generally settled on was neurotypical. Someone whose neural makeup is typical of…the norm! There it is again, buried deep in the description.

What is normal?



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Rachel Dodman

Rachel Dodman


Rachel is a freelance writer from the UK. Check out her latest novella Downhill From Wednesday on Amazon!