Mid-January Writing Prompt

Welcoming our new writers and a writing prompt

Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

Happy New Year!

Given the past two years have not gone at all as most of us would have liked, we hope to offer a small but meaningful source for mental health support, as well as neurodiversity-affirming, accessible, and evidence-based information.

Neurodiversified started the year off by adding a new writer, J.R., Not Weird Just Autistic, who talked to us about acknowledging and learning from past mistakes to facilitate personal growth.

J.R. then touched on the social model of disability, explaining how he is dis-abled by the environment around him much more than he is “disabled” by being autistic.

J.R.’s story, along with Lula Maude’s earlier story about making the most of a society not designed for our neurotypes, What Works For Me As An Autistic Adult, prompted me to compile a story series on articles that help to illustrate the social model of disability.

I also went on a bit of a writing spree and wrote a flurry of stories about emotional dysregulation and co-regulation, which prompted me to compile my related stories to make them easier to find.

I was then distracted from those themes as I read a (terrible) article trying to “prove” that Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are not autistic, while it actually went on to describe the ways in which HSP & autism are essentially the same thing.

Speaking of rants and accommodations, I also wrote a piece yesterday describing the different types of advocacy. My article explains how it is highly problematic when certain “advocacy” groups ignore and speak over the very individuals they claim to support.

Last but not least, this week we welcomed another new writer, Jeff Peirish, who gave us important tips for getting our brains unstuck when they get fixated on certain thoughts or ideas.

Writing Prompts

I have a couple of mid-month writing prompts for anyone needing some inspiration :

Prompt #1: Goals & reflections

What writing goals do you have for 2022? Tell us about them!

Did you make any new year’s resolutions? If so, have you kept them so far?

What 2021 achievement(s) are you proud of?

What are you grateful for?

Prompt #2: Compliments & coping skills

What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten? Tell us what it was, who said it to you, and when. Why was it so meaningful to you?

What are your most effective coping tools and strategies for when you start feeling overwhelmed or dysregulated? I shared some of mine in another recent piece about keeping our cool with our kids when they get worked up.

As always, it is not required to respond to a prompt. Writers are welcome to submit any writing that aligns with our themes and follows our submission guidelines.

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We’re always on the lookout for more educational, informative, and well-written articles about ADHD, Autism, mental health, twice exceptionality, neurodiversity, parenting, advocacy, and education.

Want to write for us? Check out our submission guidelines.

Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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