Hyperlexia in Autistic Kids

Hyperlexia & autism are commonly co-occurring, but not mutually inclusive Hyperlexia Hyperlexia is advanced and unexpected reading skills and abilities in children way beyond their chronological age. Hyperlexia is most common in, but not exclusive to, Autistic children. Approximately 84% of hyperlexic kids are also autistic. A child can be one and not the other,Continue reading “Hyperlexia in Autistic Kids”

The Pain of Internalized Stigma

February is National Inclusive Education Month I shared this story with the previous Education Minister and received nothing but a form email from his office assistant in response. Now I’m sharing it with all of you, and with our new Education Minister, MLA Wayne Ewasko. By sharing this heartbreaking story, I hope to prevent otherContinue reading “The Pain of Internalized Stigma”

Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…

Oppositional Defiant Disorder doesn’t exist, but children needing connection do To fellow parents who have struggled, I see you. My son is an intense kiddo. He’s twice exceptional: gifted and neurodivergent (confirmed ADHD and anxiety, possibly also Autistic). We’ve certainly had our share of power struggles and challenging behaviours. When I say O.D.D. does not exist, I am not saying it’sContinue reading “Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…”

Links Between Dyslexia & ADHD

Exploring commonalities amongst diverse neurotypes I’ve been exploring as many divergent neurotypes as possible, in particular those that commonly co-occur with autism and ADHD (my neurotypes). I’m not dyslexic, and I’m not an expert on dyslexia, but ADHD and autism are my special interests. I want to learn as much as possible about their comorbid conditions because manyContinue reading “Links Between Dyslexia & ADHD”

Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing

Twice Exceptionality (2e): Gifted is not the same as high-achieving Have you seen memes and videos on social media about “gifted kid burnout”? I was that kid, and so was my son at the ripe old age of 7 years old. It’s not what you think. My son was reading chapter books at age sixContinue reading “Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing”