My Top-Performing Articles in March & April

A collection of my highest-earning pieces from the past two months In April, I had to self-isolate at home due to our family testing positive for Covid, as well as a blizzard that shut down our province for two days. The good thing about all of this was I had lots of time to spend withContinue reading “My Top-Performing Articles in March & April”

Behaviourism Is Not Inclusion

PBIS Is Just ABA With Different Letters PBIS P.B.I.S. stands for Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports, and was the foundation for Manitoba Education’s 2011 policy document, Towards Inclusion: Supporting Positive Behaviour in Manitoba Classrooms. That’s not a typo, the document intended as a guide for creating inclusive schools and classrooms has its roots in behaviourism.Continue reading “Behaviourism Is Not Inclusion”

 Epilepsy Awareness Day

My personal experiences with seizures and idiopathic epilepsy I am not currently diagnosed with epilepsy, but I did struggle with idiopathic seizures in my mid-twenties (idiopathic essentially means they don’t know how or why they started). Unfortunately, being a young female with mental health issues and unexplained medical problems often leads to doctors and other medical professionalsContinue reading ” Epilepsy Awareness Day”

 I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School

I care a lot more about the environment than I do about the content For the record: I do value my son’s education. I appreciate teachers and the near-impossible task they are handed every single day: Please, educate these children. No, you may not have any more resources. No, you may not have better ventilation in yourContinue reading ” I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School”

 Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces

Apparently further explanation is required My recent article, Autistic Appreciation, was shared on a popular advocacy page, one that I really like. It’s run by neurodiverse and disabled people for neurodiverse and disabled people. The article was shared using one of the images which was embedded further down. It was surrounded by extensive context and well-researched explanations for why IContinue reading ” Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces”

Executive Functions in the Classroom

How teachers and school staff can support students with executive functioning difficulties In my personal and professional experience, when we inform a teacher that a student in their class has ADHD, a learning disability — or any divergent neurotype — they often nod as though they understand and don’t ask specific questions about that student.Continue reading “Executive Functions in the Classroom”

Celebrating Women

Badass women, trans & non-binary folks, and neurodiverse people March 8th is international women’s day, but… Since gender is a social construct anyway, I’m celebrating women, trans & non-binary people, and neurodiverse folks. So… hooray. I would much rather be an outspoken pain in the ass than someone who always follows orders, even when those orders are immoral. My husbandContinue reading “Celebrating Women”

This Is What Ableism Looks Like

A real-life example of what ableism and micro-aggressions look like in action Rather than one or two overt, obvious, significant incidents, those of us who are both marginalized and privileged often experience a multitude of micro-aggressions. These wear away at us until we lose our patience with society’s ableist crap, and then people wonder whyContinue reading “This Is What Ableism Looks Like”

The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Funding

Children whose parents complain the loudest get what they need while others go without When my son was seriously struggling at school, he was being treated poorly and his needs were not being met. As the school year progressed, so did the phone calls, emails, and meetings. Supporting my son and his school took upContinue reading “The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Funding”

I Discussed ADHD On National News

ADHD Education Report Card Reflection The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) recently put out a policy paper entitled 2021 Report Card: ADHD in the School System. This paper a 10-year follow-up to a similar report the CADDAC shared in 2010. In response, I and representatives from other agencies were interviewed by CityNews for our perspectives on supportingContinue reading “I Discussed ADHD On National News”