Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance

Is the PDA Autism profile helpful, or does it further pathologize Autistics? PDA vs RDA PDA stands for Pathological Demand Avoidance, whereas RDA stands for Rational Demand Avoidance. I’ll explain what each means and why one approach may be more beneficial and accurate than the other. The two key features of PDA are: This extreme avoidance extendsContinue reading “Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance”

I Never Thought I’d Want To Be An Online Content Creator

I love to write, but I’m really starting to enjoy creating content for social media as well Anti-social I was anti social media (also just anti-social) for a long time. I’ve always had social media accounts, just the basics, for keeping in touch with friends and family. We moved provinces 15 years ago, so it wasContinue reading “I Never Thought I’d Want To Be An Online Content Creator”

Why OCD Is Considered Highly Comorbid With ADHD

What Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, and Autism have in common What is O.C.D.? The DSM-V lists the following criteria for diagnosing O.C.D.: Challenging a common myth about OCD O.C.D. is not always “I have to wash my hands and check locks constantly”, although these certainly can be compulsions people feel compelled to perform. O.C.D. is also: OCD is believedContinue reading “Why OCD Is Considered Highly Comorbid With ADHD”

Why ADHD And Autism Can Look Like Trauma

They are more connected and similar than you may think Near the end of last year, I wrote an article outlining many of the ways in which we understand ADHD to be primarily caused by genetics. My writing was sparked by Gabor Maté’s insistence that ADHD is caused by trauma. It’s not. There’s no evidence ofContinue reading “Why ADHD And Autism Can Look Like Trauma”

My Top Stories from August & September

My five best-performing articles from the past two months Featured I am very excited to share that one of my articles was selected as a Staff Pick right here on Medium! This is particularly timely and important because I spent the entire summer camping (therefore not working, therefore not earning an income), so I’m working reallyContinue reading “My Top Stories from August & September”

My Hearing Loss Is Also My Gain

Deaf culture, Deaf pride, and Deaf gain I am excited to share that this article has been featured in An Injustice! publication for Deaf Awareness Month and was selected as an Editor’s Pick on Medium ! Montreal, circa 2000 “Use your voice when you talk to him,” a parent asks — no, directs me. I am at Deaf camp.Continue reading “My Hearing Loss Is Also My Gain”

Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history associated with ABA, and highlights legal issues with the ABA industry. JustContinue reading “More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA”

Autism “Levels” Are Still Functioning Labels

Both are inaccurate and useless at best, harmful at worst External and internalized ableism The Autistic community has explained (and explained some more) how and why functioning labels are unhelpful, inaccurate, and often harmful. Many just ignore us, but those who do listen seem to understand the words, but not the concept. Instead of using labelsContinue reading “Autism “Levels” Are Still Functioning Labels”

Something happened!

Recently, I posted excitedly on social media about how I was nearing ten thousand followers on Medium… I’ve been working really hard on my writing, I’ve published 310 articles since April 2021. Earlier this morning, my followers had increased a bit further, and I was at 9.2K. Only an hour later, I was suddenly downContinue reading “Something happened!”