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”
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”
Considering moving your child to a new school? My advice? Take. Your. Time. If your child is unhappy at their current school, if you feel you have tried everything to work with that school to help them meet your child’s needs, or if you feel there is little chance of improvement, it may be timeContinue reading “Questions To Ask Prospective Schools”
How to write for us and some prompts for inspiration The focus of Neurodiversified is informative and well-written articles about neurodiversity, twice exceptionality, parenting, advocacy, mental health, and education. Read our Call for Submissions on Neurodiversified.
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 Prefer Identity-First Language”
So many Autistic people explain how and why ABA is abusive and harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it. I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.” They, meaning the professionals, need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standardContinue reading “The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children”
This was not written by me, but it was written by Kate Lynch, one of the new writers for my publication, Neurodiversified. It is one of the best pieces I’ve read in a long time and everyone should read it, especially parents of neurodivergent children, but also especially those who aren’t. So, like, everyone. NeurodiversifiedContinue reading “10 Years of Learning to Parent My Neurodivergent Kid”
A compilation of my articles specific to education planning for neurodivergent students and students needing accommodations or adaptations in the classroom. Is Your Child’s IEP Useless? Children’s needs must come first. They have the right to accommodations that put them on a level playing field. The goal is to support them to be successful. ManitobaContinue reading “Education Planning”
Pandemic Parenting and Child Advocacy Here it is, October 2021, and we’re STILL wondering: Where is the funding that was promised to our schools for the 2020–2021 school year? “adequate special education is not “a dispensable luxury.” “human rights law requires education providers to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities.” “the CRPD prohibitsContinue reading “Children with Disabilities are NOT an Afterthought”
ADHD is the most prevalent childhood disorder in Canada, yet many people have only the most basic understanding of what it is. October is ADHD Awareness Month, so I will share the top three essential facts I wish everyone understood about ADHD, with some help from an expert, Dr. Russell Barkley. Read my article on Neurodiversified.