Practical Classroom Supports

Actual accommodations and adaptations that help neurodivergent students thrive While every child’s needs are different, and some accommodations or supports may be complex, there are some that can be implemented right away, or at least fairy quickly and without great expense. What about you, your child, or your students? What supports and accommodations are mostContinue reading “Practical Classroom Supports”

Stop Gaslighting Children

Being bullied is never the fault of the victim Whereas approximately 25% of non-disabled and neurotypical youth experience bullying, children with disabilities are twice as likely to be victimized. It’s estimated that 60% of Autistic children and 40% of children with ADHD experience bullying in school. Why are we singling out the victims of bullyingContinue reading “Stop Gaslighting Children”

Questions To Ask Prospective Schools

Considering moving your child to a new school? My advice? Take. Your. Time. If your child is unhappy at their current school, if you feel you have tried everything to work with that school to help them meet your child’s needs, or if you feel there is little chance of improvement, it may be timeContinue reading “Questions To Ask Prospective Schools”

Shout-Out To My High-Maintenance Friends

Because valuing low-maintenance friends above others is some toxic-positivity, ableist B.S. My friends didn’t choose most of what makes them either high, low, or even medium-maintenance. Whether that be disability, trauma, neurodivergence, poverty, mental illness, or none of the above. A lot of the factors that make a person so-called high-maintenance are outside of theirContinue reading “Shout-Out To My High-Maintenance Friends”

Why I Prefer Identity-First Language

I’m Autistic, Not “On The Spectrum” Why I prefer identity-first language First off, I am newly-diagnosed, so I am still learning about myself and about the wider neurodivergent community. Secondly, I speak only for myself. Autistic people are not a homogenous group, there exist a variety of perspectives, opinions, and experiences amongst individuals. I doContinue reading “Why I Prefer Identity-First Language”

Education Planning

A compilation of my articles specific to education planning for neurodivergent students and students needing accommodations or adaptations in the classroom. Is Your Child’s IEP Useless? Children’s needs must come first. They have the right to accommodations that put them on a level playing field. The goal is to support them to be successful. ManitobaContinue reading “Education Planning”

Opposing Opposition

And defying defiance: My story series on O.D.D. Opposing Opposition and Defying Defiance My story series explaining the many problems with diagnosing children with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (O.D.D.). Firstly, stop calling children “defiant”. Just. Stop. Stop Calling Children “Defiant” Secondly: Yes, I’m okay with my son calling me out Also, O.D.D. Does Not Exist! O.D.D. Does Not Exist IContinue reading “Opposing Opposition”

Children with Disabilities are NOT an Afterthought

Pandemic Parenting and Child Advocacy Here it is, October 2021, and we’re STILL wondering:  Where is the funding that was promised to our schools for the 2020–2021 school year? “adequate special education is not “a dispensable luxury.” “human rights law requires education providers to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities.” “the CRPD prohibitsContinue reading “Children with Disabilities are NOT an Afterthought”

More Empty Proclamations From Our Minister of Education

All talk and no action, but in a fancy form. Manitoba’s Education Minister, the Honourable Cliff Cullen, has officially declared October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month here in Manitoba. Great! That means more resources for schools, and better supports for students, right? …Right? No? Well, what does it mean, then? Oh. Nothing? I don’t even have aContinue reading “More Empty Proclamations From Our Minister of Education”

Support Needs, Not Labels

My son and I both have the exact same diagnoses: twice exceptional (2e), meaning gifted with ADHD and anxiety. We are similar in a lot of ways. We both love reading and sports. We are both energetic, intense, passionate, forgetful, distractible, impulsive, introverted, and good problem-solvers. We also differ in a lot of ways too.Continue reading “Support Needs, Not Labels”