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 beContinue reading “Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023”

The Ways ADHD And Autism Impact How We Move Our Bodies

Proprioception, interoception, dyspraxia, apraxia, and hypermobility disorders in ADHD and Autism. A collection of stories describing these commonly co-occurring conditions. Clumsy, or Neurodivergent? Interoception, proprioception, and postural sway. An explanation of some unexpected ADHD and Autistic traits, such as difficulties with various sensorimotor skills. Postural Sway in ADHD and Autism Postural instability, toe-walking, and other characteristicContinue reading “The Ways ADHD And Autism Impact How We Move Our Bodies”

Your Kids Are Not Being Assholes On Purpose

Stop thinking the worst of kids and give them the benefit of the doubt Story time When I was a kid, I had severe insomnia. It took me hours and hours to fall asleep, despite being an active kid who was probably quite tired at bed time. I used to get out of bed over andContinue reading “Your Kids Are Not Being Assholes On Purpose”

March Articles So Far

A collection of my articles published in the first ten days of March. I Shouldn’t Have To Read Your Damn Mind A harmful myth about Autism persists. (Actually, quite a few harmful myths and stereotypes persist, but today I’m talking about one in particular). Despite extensive evidence to the contrary, many “professionals” continue to perpetuate thisContinue reading “March Articles So Far”

Get Curious, Not Furious

Behaviour happens for a reason. Punishing it ignores the reason. ‘Old school’ thinking We’ve been taught that if we don’t give consequences when our children mess up, they won’t “learn their lesson”. This assumes children are inherently “bad” and don’t want to do well. It begins with the assumption that they prefer to misbehave unless we putContinue reading “Get Curious, Not Furious”

February’s Most Popular Stories

My most-read articles from the past month Spring is coming! We live in Manitoba, Canada, a province which experiences some of the coldest winters anywhere. Our capital city, Winnipeg, was listed at #28 of the 30 coldest cities on earth! As someone who loves being outside, camping in particular, winters can be tough. I do enjoy hockeyContinue reading “February’s Most Popular Stories”

School Stresses

February was inclusive education month. I have been low-key “harassing”* our Minister of Education by sending a tweet a day, every single day for the month of February. This is part of my work aiming to draw attention to the fact that our government does nothing meaningful toward improving inclusion in Manitoba’s public schools. *PleaseContinue reading “School Stresses”

Public Education Is Willfully Failing Our Children

Making education a political issue is the worst thing we could have done Political issues Instead of our children’s education, mental health, and development being the central focus, we’ve made education a political issue. Now the primary concerns are optics, data, and re-election prospects. Education should be a purely public service, a nonpartisan issue. The qualityContinue reading “Public Education Is Willfully Failing Our Children”

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. These were all originally published on Medium, please follow me there to stay up to date on new articles as they are published. Don’t Ignore That ‘False’ Alarm Canaries, popcorn, smoke detectors,Continue reading “Falsehoods and Freedoms”

Our Kids Are Already Resilient

We don’t need to teach them hard lessons, they’re already learning them “There is nobody more resilient than a child who has fought hard to function in a world not built for them.” — Heidi Mavir Resilience versus compliance The definition of resiliency is, “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change”. The definitionContinue reading “Our Kids Are Already Resilient”