On Being Normal
It is normal to grow a beard if you are male.
It is normal to develop breasts if you are female.
It is normal to have dark straight hair if you are of Asian descent.
It is normal to have dark curly hair if you are of African descent.
It is normal to have red hair and freckles if your ancestors came from certain Northern European tribes.
It is normal to have six fingers on your hand (or six toes on your foot) if you belong to a group called the Druze, who are found in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.
It is normal to have a loving relationship with a person of the same gender if you are gay.
It is normal to communicate in sign language if you are Deaf.
And it is normal to process speech and social interaction in autistic ways if you are autistic.
So... can we all please quit talking about "normal development" as if there were only one kind?