Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023

In typical ADHD fashion, I nearly forgot and missed it altogether

I’ve taken in a couple of the free talks offered by Neurodiversity Celebration Week (NCW). Most of them are geared towards people who are new to neurodiversity, but there are also some panels which are more in-depth. The entire schedule of events can be found on the NCW website.

Thank goodness for electronic calendars with pop-up reminders, because those are the only reason I made it to any so far!

In recognition of celebrating neurodiversity (ND) this week, I want to share with you my five most popular ND-related articles from 2023 so far.

5) When you realize you’re neurodivergent

Advice for navigating the journey if you’re newly identified Autistic or ADHD

Whether you think you might be Neurodivergent (ND), or you’ve just realized — been identified, self-diagnosed, or formally diagnosed — you’re ND, there is a wealth of information online. Some of it is awful and some of it is wonderful, as things on the Internet tend to go.

The best sources of information are ND adults who share their experiences and knowledge.

4) Autistics, ADHD, & Addictions: A broader view

Why we are at higher risk for substance use issues

The research focuses on the neurological processes & executive functioning challenges which may contribute to addiction risk, such as impulsivity, dopamine deficiency, and genetics.

We need to look at the bigger picture when it comes to understanding addiction.

3) Organization strategies for neurodivergents

(and everyone else)

Help overcoming executive functioning challenges and inertia.

Picture this: 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…

2) When autistic inertia impedes

Autistic Inertia: What it is and what we can do to overcome it.

Similar to ADHD Paralysis, Autistic inertia arises from executive functioning (EF) difficulties which can cause us to become both physically and mentally “stuck”; unable to move forward, start something new, or to switch to something different.

1) Strategies for managing executive functioning challenges for adults

How partners, employers, and loved ones can support people with executive functioning difficulties.

A lot of ADHD and Autism-related content relates to neurotypical (NT) parents and how they can help their ND children. There is a lack of practical and evidence-based information geared toward adults, so I am trying to fix that.

Neurodivergent folks struggle with executive functions (EF). There are 5 categories of EFs. I provide examples for what these difficulties might look like at home or at work, along with practical strategies for managing them.

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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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