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)”

Retribution Versus Restoration

Why are we, as a society, so damn obsessed with punishment and retribution? I work with children, and while I have worked in the youth justice system, I’m focusing here on everyday minor infractions. We carry this false belief that a person has to learn what they did was wrong, so they must be punished in a manner commensurateContinue reading “Retribution Versus Restoration”

Unmasking in the Wild

I had a small but freeing unmasking experience today that I’d like to share with the Internet. If I can role-model that an Autistic/ADHD person can be highly intelligent, educated, and eloquent while also swivelling and fidgeting, then perhaps that’s one person’s preconceived notions shattered. If I can swivel and fidget while still being Adulty-and-Professional, then maybeContinue reading “Unmasking in the Wild”

Avoiding Holiday Burnout

What helps With the holidays coming up, you might be really looking forward to time spent with family and friends. You might be dreading it. If you’re anything like me, probably a bit of both. I love spending time with my family and close friends. One of my best friends is very much into theContinue reading “Avoiding Holiday Burnout”

Stories About Neurodiversity

The social and political movement and its implications for Neurodivergent people N is for… Neurodiversity! Instead of the usual “advent” calendar, I’ve been doing an A-B-C countdown to when santa comes. I started with A is for Attention Deficit and have been working my way through the alphabet. Today I got to ’N’ for Neurodiversity,Continue reading “Stories About Neurodiversity”

Postural Sway in ADHD and Autism

What does it mean, and why does it matter?  I’ve seen a sudden uptick in conversation about Postural Sway in ADHD and Autistic people, but what does it actually mean, and why is it important to understand? For one thing, because issues with postural instability and proprioception can have an impact on a person’s qualityContinue reading “Postural Sway in ADHD and Autism”

Positive ADHD Traits

Research and articles about gifted divergent minds I recently came across a 2019 study that sought to characterize the positive aspects of ADHD. The researchers found six traits, each with related sub-traits: cognitive dynamism, courage, energy, humanity, resilience, and transcendence. They sound a little new-agey and vague, but this is a peer-reviewed article and the authors go on to describeContinue reading “Positive ADHD Traits”

Practical Classroom Supports

Actual accommodations and adaptations that help neurodivergent students thrive While every child’s needs are different, and some accommodations or supports may be complex, there are some that can be implemented right away, or at least fairy quickly and without great expense. What about you, your child, or your students? What supports and accommodations are mostContinue reading “Practical Classroom Supports”

Stop Gaslighting Children

Being bullied is never the fault of the victim Whereas approximately 25% of non-disabled and neurotypical youth experience bullying, children with disabilities are twice as likely to be victimized. It’s estimated that 60% of Autistic children and 40% of children with ADHD experience bullying in school. Why are we singling out the victims of bullyingContinue reading “Stop Gaslighting Children”