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”

Me and My Mini-Me

Caring for ourselves enables us to better care for our children This article was first published in the Family Matters publication on Medium: The importance of self-care is something we caregivers tend to understand intellectually, but which many of us have trouble putting into practice. Myself (very much) included. Self-Care is Necessary, Not Selfish Those of usContinue reading “Me and My Mini-Me”

An Open Letter to Manitoba’s Minister of Education

MLA Wayne Ewasko, Minister of EducationRoom 168, Legislative Building450 Broadway Winnipeg MB R3C 0V8 Dear Mr. Ewasko, Manitoba parents and school staff wish to welcome you into your new role as Education Minister for our province. It is our hope that your experience as a teacher and guidance counsellor will help you appreciate and better understandContinue reading “An Open Letter to Manitoba’s Minister of Education”

February is Inclusive Education Month in Manitoba

Let’s make this one actually count Please help me demonstrate to MLA Wayne Ewasko and the PCs that inclusion is politically important. Our voices can drive change when we send a strong, united message to politicians. Inclusion is not a “benefit” or a luxury, it is a human right. And a basic one at that.Continue reading “February is Inclusive Education Month in Manitoba”

Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…

Oppositional Defiant Disorder doesn’t exist, but children needing connection do To fellow parents who have struggled, I see you. My son is an intense kiddo. He’s twice exceptional: gifted and neurodivergent (confirmed ADHD and anxiety, possibly also Autistic). We’ve certainly had our share of power struggles and challenging behaviours. When I say O.D.D. does not exist, I am not saying it’sContinue reading “Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…”

Why Scripting is Important for Autistics

And how people of all neurotypes use scripting Many children of all neurotypes use imaginary play, role-playing, and other forms of scripting to work through real-life feelings and experiences. Everyone uses turns of phrase, mannerisms, and expressions they’ve learned from popular media or from interacting with other people. These are important ways for people to process theirContinue reading “Why Scripting is Important for Autistics”

Why I Use Identity-First Language

I’m Autistic, Not “On The Spectrum” Why I prefer identity-first language First off, I am newly-diagnosed, so I am still learning about myself and about the wider neurodivergent community. Secondly, I speak only for myself. Autistic people are not a homogenous group, there exist a variety of perspectives, opinions, and experiences amongst individuals. I doContinue reading “Why I Use Identity-First Language”

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education

Creating welcoming classrooms, schools, and communities Possibilities This morning I learned that a school division in our province has created a brand new position, Divisional Principal of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Services. I also learned that the person hired into the position is an intelligent, highly qualified black woman who is working on aContinue reading “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education”