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”

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”

Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

No school should ever have the right to seclude or restrain children Recently our school division developed a policy on seclusion and restraint. Policy is a very generous term for this two-page document with very little substance. Despite the wealth of research and information available to guide these types of policies, it appears our division didContinue reading “Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools”

Camping Cured My Burnout

I hadn’t even realized I’d been burnt out for more than two years I’ve written before about how camping is so good for my divergent brain — for both my physical and mental health. I know being outdoors, getting fresh air and exercise are good for all of us. Since recovering from our 16-day camping road trip, IContinue reading “Camping Cured My Burnout”

Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism

A brief overview of a learning disability related to mathematics and numbers Dyscalculia is a learning disability that makes math very challenging, especially when taught in the traditional way. Children with dyscalculia may struggle with concepts involving numbers, like “larger” or “smaller”. Dyscalculia is extremely common in Autistics and those with ADHD. The comorbidity rate isContinue reading Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism

My Reading Recommendations

The most informative books about neurodiversity, education, parenting, disability, advocacy, and more Neurodiversity MB’s Book & Podcast Recommendations Please note that I have provided links primarily to the paperback copies of these books. However, many are also available in eBook or audiobook for a quicker download and are usually a less expensive option. Table of Contents IContinue reading “My Reading Recommendations”

Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges

How parents, partners, and loved ones can support people with executive functioning difficulties Executive functions Neurodivergent folks struggle with executive functions (EF). There are roughly five categories of EFs, and each person will struggle in different areas. In this article, I will provide concrete examples of how each EF might look at home, as wellContinue reading “Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges”

Children Deserve Autonomy

I choose joyful chaos over despondent deference I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.” Um, well, yes. He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy. CertainlyContinue reading “Children Deserve Autonomy”

This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers

Also functioning labels are ableist and harmful Academia needs to be more accommodating and welcoming to neurodivergent contributors so we stop getting handed crap like this. In (one of) today’s annoyances, ableist organizations are, once again, mischaracterizing scientific research in order to serve their own agendas. Last week, child neurologist Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou from the UniversityContinue reading “This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers”

The Best Books About Emotional Regulation

My reading recommendations: the best books about emotions, regulation, and parenting When I went camping, I packed more books than clothes! I went camping for 6 days for my birthday and spent a lot of time reading, so I thought I’d share some more of my reading recommendations with you. Books About Emotion Regulation and BehaviourContinue reading “The Best Books About Emotional Regulation”