Autism Acceptance Month

Awareness campaigns are harmful; acceptance is the key As many of you know by now, April is autism “awareness” month. Autistics have been taking back our own activism and education campaigns, and one way we’re doing so is by renaming April to Autism Acceptance Month instead. Previous “awareness” campaigns have treated autism as though it wereContinue reading “Autism Acceptance Month”

 Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces

Apparently further explanation is required My recent article, Autistic Appreciation, was shared on a popular advocacy page, one that I really like. It’s run by neurodiverse and disabled people for neurodiverse and disabled people. The article was shared using one of the images which was embedded further down. It was surrounded by extensive context and well-researched explanations for why IContinue reading ” Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces”

Sleep Issues in ADHD & Autism

March 14–20 is Sleep Awareness Week Sleep disorders are extremely common in neurodiverse individuals, so I want to share specific information related to sleep issues in autism and ADHD. Approximately 20% of the general population experiences difficulty with sleep. Up to 80% of people with ADHD or autism have insomnia or other sleep issues. ReadContinue reading “Sleep Issues in ADHD & Autism”

Executive Functions in the Classroom

How teachers and school staff can support students with executive functioning difficulties In my personal and professional experience, when we inform a teacher that a student in their class has ADHD, a learning disability — or any divergent neurotype — they often nod as though they understand and don’t ask specific questions about that student.Continue reading “Executive Functions in the Classroom”

Executive Functions for Kids And Parents

As parents of neurodiverse children, it’s our responsibility to understand what reasonable expectations might be for our children. Children with asynchronous development may need a little extra patience and guidance. When we have a deeper understanding of the challenges they face on a moment-to-moment basis, this helps us show our kids more compassion and empathy,Continue reading “Executive Functions for Kids And Parents”

Stimminy Cricket! 

Stimming, or “self-stimulatory” behaviours are human behaviours Stimming is self-stimulatory behaviour and is often a way that Autistics regulate our emotions. It can be calming, it can be enjoyable, and sometimes it can signal to others that something is wrong. Stimming can be extremely important for many Autistics and should not be prevented unless it isContinue reading “Stimminy Cricket! “

Patience is Absolutely Finite

Many of us have heard people spout opinions about how “kids these days” are too coddled. We protect them from failures and defend them from disappointment. In doing so, we don’t allow kids to develop a thick skin (which apparently is desirable). In order to not coddle our kids, they need to experience the disappointments and hardshipsContinue reading “Patience is Absolutely Finite”

My Top Articles of 2022 Thus Far

In celebration of reaching three thousand followers on Medium Thank you, fellow Medium readers and writers, for supporting my writing. In celebration of reaching 3 thousand followers this week, I have compiled my 10 most popular articles for January and February 2022 to make them easier to find. I’ve also added to each of them, soContinue reading “My Top Articles of 2022 Thus Far”

 ADHD And Autistic Assets

The strengths and gifts of divergent minds Some (of the many) strengths of ADHD and Autistic people are resilience, energy, humanity, sensory sensitivities, hyperfocus, creativity, transcendence, and attention to detail. I describe them in my article in detail with some real-life examples. Read my article in Invisible Illness. When you join medium, as a memberContinue reading ” ADHD And Autistic Assets”

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”