Dyspraxia And Apraxia

Motor and coordination issues in Autism and ADHD Communication is a basic human right Humans place an unreasonable level of importance on communicating verbally, but that’s an ableist belief of superiority based on speech being the method of communication preferred by the majority of the population. Building on my previous article, I do acknowledge the potential flawsContinue reading “Dyspraxia And Apraxia”

No, Tylenol Does Not Cause Autism

That’s not what the research says: there is no conclusive evidence proving a causal link Popular media always gets it wrong I was avoiding writing about this because I did not want to lend validity to the ridiculousness of these recent claims that Tylenol causes Autism. Having recently been solicited by Autism Moms (TM), asking me toContinue reading “No, Tylenol Does Not Cause Autism”

Time Blindness Explained

ADHD, Autism, and Executive Dysfunction What is time blindness? Time blindness is difficulty recognizing or estimating the amount of time which has passed. It can also cause difficulty estimating how long it will take to complete a task. Time blindness can happen as a result of executive functioning challenges causing difficulty with planning and organization.Continue reading “Time Blindness Explained”

Autistic Mirroring, Masking, & “Unstable Personality”

Yet another ‘ah-ha’ moment for me. One of my most popular pieces is I Was Masking For So Long, I Lost Myself. That story begins with the following quote: “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 aboutContinue reading “Autistic Mirroring, Masking, & “Unstable Personality””

Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges for Adults

How partners, employers, and loved ones can support people with executive functioning difficulties Executive functions Neurodivergent folks struggle with executive functions (EF). There are roughly five categories of EFs, and each person will struggle in different areas. In this article, I will provide concrete examples of how each EF might look at home or atContinue reading “Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges for Adults”

Recovering From Burnout

Practical ways to take care of yourself while recovering from burnout What is burnout? Burnout can happen any time, to anyone. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. People often talk about it in relation to jobs, but burnout can be caused by a whole host of lifeContinue reading “Recovering From Burnout”

Speech Is Seriously Overrated

Assuming someone who does not speak is unintelligent is ableist b.s. There is a harmful and uneducated faction of the population who wrongly believe those who don’t use speech to communicate are less intelligent than those who do. Even more dangerous to the autonomy of non-speakers are those who believe that Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), andContinue reading “Speech Is Seriously Overrated”

When Autistic Inertia Impedes

Inertia: What it is and what we can do to overcome it What is Autistic inertia? Similar to ADHD Paralysis, Autistic inertia arises from executive functioning (EF) difficulties which can cause us to become both physically and mentally “stuck”; unable to move forward, start something new, or to switch to something different. This can be owing, inContinue reading “When Autistic Inertia Impedes”

My Top 5 Medium Articles From December & January

My five most popular stories from the last two months Happy new year! I’ve been on quite a roll so far this month, publishing 14 articles over the past 12 days. For those who were still in holiday mode and might have missed something, here are my five best-performing pieces on Medium from December 10, 2022 toContinue reading “My Top 5 Medium Articles From December & January”

“No Pain No Gain”: Fact Or Fiction?

Do we actually benefit from learning to tolerate things we don’t like? Thank you for your responses I want to start out by thanking everyone for their enthusiastic responses to my recent article, How Parenting Is Like Dog Training. I appreciate all your thoughtful comments and questions, and enjoy the intellectual discussions that spawn from them.Continue reading ““No Pain No Gain”: Fact Or Fiction?”