Falsehoods and Freedoms

A collection of three stories related to the untruths we tell children about the world, and the misinformation we interpret from others’ communication.

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Don’t Ignore That ‘False’ Alarm

Canaries, popcorn, smoke detectors, and dog training all have something in common. I’m a visual thinker and a visual learner, so I like metaphors. Unfortunately I’m not very good at creating my own, and I often get them muddled. However, this time I think I’ve come up with a mixture of metaphors that really works…

All Behaviour IS Communication, BUT…

Behaviour might not be communicating what you think it is. Most of you have likely heard the phrase “all behaviour is communication”. It’s true. Behaviour tells us something about a person’s inner experience. We have to be careful, however…

The ‘Real World’ Doesn’t Exist

This place adults keep telling children they need to prepare for is fictional. “They’ll need these skills out in the real world,” they say, usually when trying to coerce a kid into doing something they don’t want to do.

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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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