Inattentive ADHD & The Elephant Brain

Helping children and parents understand inattentive-type ADHD Book Review: Andrew’s Awesome Adventures With His ADHD Brain This article consists of two parts: The first is an explanation of inattentive-type ADHD and how it is different from other types. The second is a review of a book called Andrew’s Awesome Adventures With His ADHD Brain, by KristinContinue reading “Inattentive ADHD & The Elephant Brain”

If Inclusive Education Month Granted Wishes

As an advocate for children, these would be my three wishes February is inclusive education month It’s just around the corner. Anyone happen to see a blue genie with a big singing voice around lately? If inclusive education month were like a genie in a lamp that could grant me three inclusion-related wishes, these would beContinue reading “If Inclusive Education Month Granted Wishes”

Our Kids Deserve So Much Better

Manitoba’s government insists on wasting money which should be spent on bettering public education in our province If only this were satire Manitoba’s education ministry just announced a campaign to enhance student presence and engagement. Get this. They’re calling it… “School. Keep Going.” That’s it, that’s their slogan. What is the government actually doing? When I went toContinue reading “Our Kids Deserve So Much Better”

Can’t Versus Won’t

Knowing when to push and when to back off is a difficult balance Thank you again! I continue to receive overwhelming response to my recent article, How Parenting Is Like Dog Training. Most of it is very positive, and those who disagree with some of what I wrote are asking intelligent, thought-provoking questions. I really appreciateContinue reading “Can’t Versus Won’t”

“No Pain No Gain”: Fact Or Fiction?

Do we actually benefit from learning to tolerate things we don’t like? Thank you for your responses I want to start out by thanking everyone for their enthusiastic responses to my recent article, How Parenting Is Like Dog Training. I appreciate all your thoughtful comments and questions, and enjoy the intellectual discussions that spawn from them.Continue reading ““No Pain No Gain”: Fact Or Fiction?”

How Parenting Is Like Dog Training

(as are teaching, or working with children in any capacity) There’s a popular saying in dog training: “Punishing the growl is like taking the batteries out of your smoke alarm.” What does this mean? Well, when we look at only the observable surface behaviour, we might call growing an “aggressive” behaviour and seek to punish it soContinue reading “How Parenting Is Like Dog Training”

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”

Jillian’s Journeys

A collection of our adventures travelling and camping across Canada The adventures have begun… Stay tuned to this space for more stories about our family road trips across Canada, and camping all around Canada this summer! Make sure you’ve signed up to receive an email when I publish a new story, so that you don’t miss anyContinue reading “Jillian’s Journeys”

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”