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”

I Discussed ADHD On National News

ADHD Education Report Card Reflection The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) recently put out a policy paper entitled 2021 Report Card: ADHD in the School System. This paper a 10-year follow-up to a similar report the CADDAC shared in 2010. In response, I and representatives from other agencies were interviewed by CityNews for our perspectives on supportingContinue reading “I Discussed ADHD On National News”

 ADHD And Autistic Assets

The strengths and gifts of divergent minds Some (of the many) strengths of ADHD and Autistic people are resilience, energy, humanity, sensory sensitivities, hyperfocus, creativity, transcendence, and attention to detail. I describe them in my article in detail with some real-life examples. Read my article in Invisible Illness. When you join medium, as a memberContinue reading ” ADHD And Autistic Assets”

 Can A Person Develop ADHD? 

You get the brain you’re born with Can You Develop ADHD? Sometimes other conditions have masked or hidden ADHD symptoms. Once that condition is addressed, or its symptoms well-managed, the ADHD traits become more apparent. It is possible for symptoms to go unnoticed for a long period of time, making it feel like ADHD just sprung upContinue reading ” Can A Person Develop ADHD? “

Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms

What it really means to have an inclusive classroom Inclusion is Not a Place. Inclusion is an attitude; it’s an embodied philosophy. Inclusion is borne out of school culture. Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentionally planning for the success of all students. When children with disabilities are lumped into general educationContinue reading “Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms”

Quack Quack: Pseudoscience

Calling out internet doctors for making false claims in order to sell their products and services Before I begin, I want to make clear that I am not a doctor, nor do I hold any degrees in the field of medicine. My degrees are in social work and psychology and I am not here toContinue reading “Quack Quack: Pseudoscience”

ADHD in Women and Girls

(But really, externalizing versus internalizing symptoms of ADHD) Before we understand how ADHD presents differently in women in comparison to men, one must understand that gender is socially constructed. I mention this because a lot of female-presenting individuals with ADHD either do not receive a diagnosis at all, or receive theirs much later in life. We are also moreContinue reading “ADHD in Women and Girls”

6 Things I’ve Been Able To Do Since Going On ADHD Meds

They’re not a panacea, but they sure have helped in a lot of ways I was diagnosed with ADHD and started medication in October 2019, so I’ve been taking them for a little more than two years now (cautionary note: I take stimulants in consultation with my doctor, and take them exactly as prescribed). While IContinue reading “6 Things I’ve Been Able To Do Since Going On ADHD Meds”

Dysgraphia in Autism and ADHD

Why you or your child might hate handwriting and printing Weakness in fine motor skills is an extremely common difficulty amongst those of us who are Autistic and/or have ADHD. It is estimated that more than 60% of ADHD and Autistic people have dysgraphia, a disorder of written expression; and over 90% of us have weaknesses in our fine motorContinue reading “Dysgraphia in Autism and ADHD”

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)

The feelings are real, but they got the causes all wrong. Did you know that RSD is not in the DSM-V, nor is it recognized in the psychiatric or psychological communities? Don’t get me wrong, people don’t need their experiences to be medicalized in order for them to be 100% real and valid. It canContinue reading “Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)”