I'm Bec Oakley, an autistic writer and disability educator who's been helping parents and teachers to understand autism for over fifteen years.
I live in Australia where I homeschool my two fantastic kids. And since autism is such a huge part of how the three of us experience the world, I'm really passionate about helping people understand more about it!
My career has taken me down some pretty interesting and varied paths, from teaching psychology at university to autism research to playwriting to big data, but I've finally found my comfy zone doing something that I love.
Along with the resources you'll find here on Snagglebox, I've presented lots of webinars and workshops for schools and nonprofit organizations, written a children's book series, and been interviewed and published on sites like The Mighty, Babble, BBC News and Expert Beacon.
You can also find me hanging out at MineMum, helping parents understand Minecraft. Oh and I won some awards from Babble and BlogHer too!
What's Snagglebox all about?
Snagglebox is primarily a place that supports anyone looking to understand more about autism - autistic people, their parents and families, teachers, health professionals. I aim for honest, practical but encouraging help and useful information explained simply. I also write about other things here too, like being a parent and homeschooling and life.
What will I find here?
There are three main sections to the site:
- Articles - Information about autism, support for parents
- Blog - News, stories and links to interesting things
- Downloads - Handy resources and printables
Who writes Snagglebox?
My name is Bec Oakley (you can read more about me up there ^^)
Did you write all this stuff yourself?
Yep, the posts on Snagglebox are original content from the big store in my brain that I like to call Stuffy Stuff Stuff. I've been reading and thinking about autism for over twenty years now so it was getting pretty full.
The information and tips you'll find here are based on my knowledge and experience only and not meant to be taken as, or substitute for, professional advice. I whole-heartedly encourage you to look stuff up.
Why do you spell things wrong?
I'm Australian, so I do odd things like throw around extra U's in words like behaviour and call vacations 'holidays'. I also have koalas living in my roof.
Why do you use 'autistic' instead of 'person with autism'?
I understand that many people have been taught that person-first language is the respectful way to refer to people with disabilities - and indeed this is the case for many disability groups and communities. It is not the preference for many people in the autism community. I choose to use the word 'autistic' throughout my articles and blog, and I explain more about that here and here.
What's a Snagglebox?
Just a word that I made up.
How come there are no comments on your posts?
I want this to be a safe space, and for me that means having comments turned off. I want to protect both myself and my readers from spam and trolls, and with comments enabled that can be really time-consuming - time that I’d rather spend writing more content. The internet is also a noisy place, and sometimes it can be nice to have a quiet corner to read and think away from the chatter.
Can I get new articles sent to my inbox please?
Sure thing! Subscribe to the RSS feed.
Can I reprint your articles?
All content on Snagglebox can be reproduced in non-commercial forms such as newsletters, blogs and websites if you contact me first to ask permission. Please use only a few paragraphs with a link back to the original post. Attribution must be given to Bec Oakley at www.snagglebox.com.
Will you promote my product?
Sorry, Snagglebox is an ad-free zone so I don't accept submissions for sponsored posts.