Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance

Is the PDA Autism profile helpful, or does it further pathologize Autistics? PDA vs RDA PDA stands for Pathological Demand Avoidance, whereas RDA stands for Rational Demand Avoidance. I’ll explain what each means and why one approach may be more beneficial and accurate than the other. The two key features of PDA are: This extreme avoidance extendsContinue reading “Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance”

I Never Thought I’d Want To Be An Online Content Creator

I love to write, but I’m really starting to enjoy creating content for social media as well Anti-social I was anti social media (also just anti-social) for a long time. I’ve always had social media accounts, just the basics, for keeping in touch with friends and family. We moved provinces 15 years ago, so it wasContinue reading “I Never Thought I’d Want To Be An Online Content Creator”

Why OCD Is Considered Highly Comorbid With ADHD

What Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, and Autism have in common What is O.C.D.? The DSM-V lists the following criteria for diagnosing O.C.D.: Challenging a common myth about OCD O.C.D. is not always “I have to wash my hands and check locks constantly”, although these certainly can be compulsions people feel compelled to perform. O.C.D. is also: OCD is believedContinue reading “Why OCD Is Considered Highly Comorbid With ADHD”

Why ADHD And Autism Can Look Like Trauma

They are more connected and similar than you may think Near the end of last year, I wrote an article outlining many of the ways in which we understand ADHD to be primarily caused by genetics. My writing was sparked by Gabor Maté’s insistence that ADHD is caused by trauma. It’s not. There’s no evidence ofContinue reading “Why ADHD And Autism Can Look Like Trauma”

My Top Stories from August & September

My five best-performing articles from the past two months Featured I am very excited to share that one of my articles was selected as a Staff Pick right here on Medium! This is particularly timely and important because I spent the entire summer camping (therefore not working, therefore not earning an income), so I’m working reallyContinue reading “My Top Stories from August & September”

My Hearing Loss Is Also My Gain

Deaf culture, Deaf pride, and Deaf gain I am excited to share that this article has been featured in An Injustice! publication for Deaf Awareness Month and was selected as an Editor’s Pick on Medium ! Montreal, circa 2000 “Use your voice when you talk to him,” a parent asks — no, directs me. I am at Deaf camp.Continue reading “My Hearing Loss Is Also My Gain”

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”

Some Medications Increase Your Risk of Overheating

During a heatwave, it’s important to be aware of your risk Summer fun It’s finally summer again, and after two and a half years of varying Covid-related restrictions and changes, many of us are eager to get out there and enjoy it. I know I am. I have a two-part 12 week camping trip planned forContinue reading “Some Medications Increase Your Risk of Overheating”

Camping Cured My Burnout

I hadn’t even realized I’d been burnt out for more than two years I’ve written before about how camping is so good for my divergent brain — for both my physical and mental health. I know being outdoors, getting fresh air and exercise are good for all of us. Since recovering from our 16-day camping road trip, IContinue reading “Camping Cured My Burnout”

Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism

A brief overview of a learning disability related to mathematics and numbers Dyscalculia is a learning disability that makes math very challenging, especially when taught in the traditional way. Children with dyscalculia may struggle with concepts involving numbers, like “larger” or “smaller”. Dyscalculia is extremely common in Autistics and those with ADHD. The comorbidity rate isContinue reading Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism