February Articles Summary

A collection of some of my writing from the past month.

Education Staff: Stop Gaslighting Parents

Public education is in serious trouble, and has been for a very long time. We need to stop turning these into ‘schools versus parents’ issues. We’re too busy being angry at one another, pointing the finger back and forth between parents and school staff, we’re completely forgetting who is actually responsible.

Instead of Inclusion, We’re Getting Budget Cuts

It’s supposed to be national inclusive education month in Canada, but this is our worst inclusive education month ever. Apparently our politicians think inclusive education month is a great time to insult the intelligence of their constituents.

Organization Strategies for Neurodivergents

Help overcoming executive functioning challenges and inertia. I’m standing in the middle of my home office. The surface of my desk is covered with papers, sticky notes, and dirty coffee mugs. I take a few steps towards it, then stop..

Nobody Owes You Nice

Respect is important, but nice is overrated. Being nice is not more important than being thinking critically and calling out problematic behaviour. People’s feelings are not more important than social justice, especially when those feelings are fragile privileged ones.

Blame The System, Not The Child

If you’re angry at the children you support, you need to take a step back. When our anger gets misplaced. An EA was more worried about getting into trouble than about providing effective support for my son.

Affinity Between The Autistic & Deaf Communities

We have a lot more in common than people might think. I am Deaf and Autistic, and I have noticed quite a few commonalities between the two communities. They are general statements which do not apply to every Deaf or Autistic person and are based on my personal experiences.

Building Self-Advocacy Skills

Self-advocacy tips for neurodivergent youth and adults. Are you a sensory avoider or sensory seeker? Hint: Probably both. Everyone has sensory stimuli they enjoy and others they dislike. Neurodivergent people tend to have more extreme sensory preferences and aversions compared to neurotypicals.

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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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