My Top-Performing Articles in March & April

A collection of my highest-earning pieces from the past two months

In April, I had to self-isolate at home due to our family testing positive for Covid, as well as a blizzard that shut down our province for two days.

The good thing about all of this was I had lots of time to spend with my family, as well as lots of time to read and write. I published 16 pieces in 13 days, and I think that is a record high for me.

Given I have shared so much content lately, people may have missed some. I put together my six most popular stories from the past two months, as well as a personal favourite.

I hope you enjoy!

6) Mirroring

Who wouldn’t want to blend in with the crowd in an attempt to escape relentless bullying and try to fit in for a change?

Clearly being myself was a liability at that time.

Mirroring is when a person mimics the body language, verbal habits, or attitudes of someone else, either intentionally or unconsciously.

If we’re constantly corrected, criticized, even punished just for being ourselves, then who are we supposed to be?

5) Executive Functions

I’ve broken down the executive functions into five key categories, and explained them in a relatable way, so that parents can help their children understand their own neurology a bit better.

Perhaps more importantly, I write from the child’s perspective, to help parents better understand and empathize with their children’s experiences.

4) Body Doubling

I’ve frequently seen videos and posts about body doubling, but hadn’t thought much of it. As an autistic introvert who prefers a quiet, solitary working environment, I figured it was something that might work for others, but not me…. apparently I was wrong.

3) The “Autistic Divide”

Some claim that Actually Autistic advocates are “causing a divide” in the Autistic community, particularly between Neurotypical (NT) parents of Autistic children and Autistic adults.

People in positions of power don’t like it when marginalized people start to push back because it threatens the existing social structure and that threatens their privilege.

2) How to know if you’re Autistic

Step one: learn from the lived experiences of actually autistic people

Please note that I am not qualified to diagnose someone with autism, nor would any clinician worth their salt confirm or rule out a diagnosis based on an article.

This story is about my personal experiences and is intended for informational purposes only.

Also, having some autistic traits does not necessarily mean a person is autistic. Autistic traits are human traits, they just tend to be amplified or significantly different due to our markedly different neurology.

Spoiler alert: If you clicked this article, have been wondering if you might be autistic, and have been trying to research autistic traits — you probably are.

1) Ableism in action

My top story in March has also been one of my best-performing of all time, this is what ableism looks like.

A real-life example of what ableism and micro-aggressions look like in action. I am Deaf, neurodivergent, and female-presenting, so I have indeed experienced ableism, audism, and sexism. These usually come in the form of micro-aggressions.

This Is What Ableism Looks Like

A personal favourite

This was one of my favourites, and an article that did extremely well in terms of outside views. As a result, it hasn’t earned me much income, but it’s work I am proud of.

I break down a program called Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports (PBIS), identifying some very concerning aspects about this “positive” approach to inclusion and supporting “positive” behaviour in students.

Want more?

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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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