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”

The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children

So many Autistic people explain how and why ABA is abusive and harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it. I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.” They, meaning the professionals, need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standardContinue reading “The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children”

Everyone Is Not “A Little” ADHD or Autistic

Yes, there is a spectrum, but you either are or you aren’t. There is no “a little”. Approximately 6–9% of the population has ADHD, and approximately 2-3% of the population is Autistic. That is nowhere near “everyone”. “Autistic individuals’ difficulties in smoothly participating in institutions’ social practices can lead to a stigma that lowers theirContinue reading “Everyone Is Not “A Little” ADHD or Autistic”

10 Years of Learning to Parent My Neurodivergent Kid

This was not written by me, but it was written by Kate Lynch, one of the new writers for my publication, Neurodiversified. It is one of the best pieces I’ve read in a long time and everyone should read it, especially parents of neurodivergent children, but also especially those who aren’t.  So, like, everyone. NeurodiversifiedContinue reading “10 Years of Learning to Parent My Neurodivergent Kid”

Loud Introverts Unite!

Autism, ADHD, Introversion, and Sensory Sensitivities: Exploring the relationships between Neurodivergence, Social Anxiety, Sensory Processing Sensitivity, & Introversion, and explaining the science behind those connections.