Books About ADHD

My reading recommendations for learning about ADHD Books About ADHD I have compiled a collection of books about ADHD I have read and would recommend. The first section are books about parenting children with ADHD, the second section lists books about Adult ADHD, and the final section lists academic texts specifically about ADHD. Books about parenting childrenContinue reading “Books About ADHD”

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”

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”

Autism Acceptance Month

Awareness campaigns are harmful; acceptance is the key As many of you know by now, April is autism “awareness” month. Autistics have been taking back our own activism and education campaigns, and one way we’re doing so is by renaming April to Autism Acceptance Month instead. Previous “awareness” campaigns have treated autism as though it wereContinue reading “Autism Acceptance Month”

Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education

False claims of education funding increases Manitoba’s government continues to claim they’ve increased education funding, yet anyone who actually crunches the numbers can see this is disingenuous. Obviously this isn’t a new tactic, nor is it one used exclusively by any one political party, they all play these games. I hate games like these, whichContinue reading “Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education”

 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”

 Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children

Anybody else’s school have rules about not letting the kids jump in puddles?   How ridiculous is that?   Send an email home asking parents to send extra clothes with their kids and let them PLAY.  This morning I happily dug out my son’s rubber boots so he could splash in puddles at recess. WhenContinue reading ” Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children”

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”

Executive Functions for Kids And Parents

As parents of neurodiverse children, it’s our responsibility to understand what reasonable expectations might be for our children. Children with asynchronous development may need a little extra patience and guidance. When we have a deeper understanding of the challenges they face on a moment-to-moment basis, this helps us show our kids more compassion and empathy,Continue reading “Executive Functions for Kids And Parents”