Neurodivergents: Justice Warriors

ADHD and Justice Sensitivity: Something important you may not know about ADHD “Kids with ADHD tend to have a strong sense of justice, sensitivity, and of course, energy. When they feel wronged, disempowered, or unheard, they can become quite mad.” — Dr. Sharon Saline “Pronounced justice sensitivity is a coping strategy people with ADHD useContinue reading “Neurodivergents: Justice Warriors”

If You Can Read This, You Do Not Struggle With Object Permanence

Piaget must be rolling in his grave…or at least rolling his eyes Fellow ADHDeres, lend me your… eyes. I have an announcement. We have ADHD. We are not infants. When I put my keys down in my office chair because my hands are full, then spend panicked minutes or hours the next morning desperately searchingContinue reading “If You Can Read This, You Do Not Struggle With Object Permanence”

Stop Calling Children “Defiant”

Just. Stop. Why We Must Stop Calling Children “Defiant” “Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Obedience is doing what is told regardless of what is right.” — H.L. Mencken “The symptoms of Compliance Acquiescent Disorder (CAD) include: defers to authority, actively obeys rules, fails to argue back, knuckles underContinue reading “Stop Calling Children “Defiant””

Power Trips Lead to Power Struggles

ADHD 2e MB was selected as a top Parenting blogger on Medium! One of our most popular Parenting blog posts thus far was “Power Trips Lead to Power Struggles“ Our advice for avoiding power struggles, particularly with neurodiverse kids. Our son is the Prince of Power Struggles. Seriously. But you know what? In my day,Continue reading “Power Trips Lead to Power Struggles”

Punishing Unwanted Behaviour Just Makes it Worse

My article, “Punishments Make Unwanted Behaviour Worse” has been shared and recommended by Lives in the Balance (Dr. Ross Greene), Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. (Beyond Behaviours), Linda K. Murphy (Declarative Language), (Dr. Laura Markham), and Dr. Lori Desautels (Connections Over Compliance)!  “The kids who are most often described as being manipulative are those least capableContinue reading “Punishing Unwanted Behaviour Just Makes it Worse”

Effective Education Planning for Neurodivergent Students

Individual Education Plans can be extremely helpful or a waste of time: they usually fall somewhere in between. Sadly, it is the children who suffer the consequences when things go wrong, leading to poorer academic and social outcomes, as well as lower self-concept and self-worth. In our meetings, we must ask: practically speaking, what willContinue reading “Effective Education Planning for Neurodivergent Students”

I Was Masking For So Long, I Lost Myself

…Or maybe I never really figured out who I was “She doesn’t have her own personality, she just acts like whoever she’s with.” An observant, but cruel bully said this about me, I think I was about 12 years old at the time. As mean as this classmate was to me, this statement was actuallyContinue reading “I Was Masking For So Long, I Lost Myself”

Thinking Outside the Box: Challenging the Status Quo

The frustration with accommodations at school People deserve to work and learn in an environment where they are heard and where change is possible. Dear Teachers: I see you and appreciate you. I know many of you have been advocating for your students louder and longer than almost anyone else. ALL children are entitled toContinue reading “Thinking Outside the Box: Challenging the Status Quo”

How Executive Dysfunction Impacts Daily Life

Executive Functions explained in an understandable and accessible way …and how they relate to ADHD, Autism, and other divergent brains. Executive functions enable us to plan for the future, focus our attention, remember instructions or information, and regulate our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.  While there is no single, accepted definition of executive functions (EFs), mostContinue reading “How Executive Dysfunction Impacts Daily Life”

When a Diagnosis is More Than Just a Label

An accurate diagnosis can open the door to treatment, resources, and support.  A diagnosis can help people find their cohorts, which in turn helps them to feel less alone. Continue reading on Destigmatizing.