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March 16th, 2011, 11:36 PM
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A typical child means a child that is "typically developing" aka not delayed. It's shorthand, not a generalization. Thank you.
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March 17th, 2011, 02:43 AM
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A better word is "neurotypical". "typical" by itself can be quite offensive.

Neurodiversity is a huge deal to me, that we not view people with autism or similar DDs as being delayed, but rather that their brains work in a different manner than the general populous. I use neurotypical to describe the general population, but to me it would be insulting to my children to call them "not typical" or to refer to others who don't have their same issues as"normal" or "typical".
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March 17th, 2011, 10:28 AM
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I'm sorry you feel "typical" is offensive. It's pretty much "child is meeting milestones on a typical milestone chart." I mean nothing derogatory by either a child who is typical or atypical in that sense. Either a child is developing according to the charts or a child isn't. Both are really ok. But they are good to know, because then appropriate services can be arranged.

I do use "neurotypical" at times, but IMO that creates a greater divide and uncertainty. After all, am I "neurotypical?" I do not have an autism diagnosis. I do not know. But I do know that I met milestones at a different rate than other kids my age did. Some were ahead, some were behind.

I will lovingly acknowledge my son's condition, to him and to others. I see no embarrassment or shame or fear in it. I would feel greater shame trying to lie about it to "protect" him when it's obvious that he is not quite like the average bear.
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March 17th, 2011, 10:41 AM
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We use "neurotypical" in discussions at home, dr. offices, and IEP's but I rarely hear it when I'm out doing day to day things. I think that term is mostly used in circles of families who have children with specific diagnosises(sp?) or needs.

I'm trying to get used to referring to my dd as a "child with a brain injury" instead of a "brain injured child" because I'm so often hearing that the child should come before their dx and I do agree with that. I had just never thought about it that way before.
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