10 Years of Learning to Parent My Neurodivergent Kid

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”

I Prefer Blunt People

…And here I thought it was just a personal preference… I prefer blunt people. I’m referring to the characteristic of being forthright, straightforward, and candid — not slang for a joint you smoke. This is sort of a personal preference, but the more I learn about myself, the more I learn these things are notContinue reading “I Prefer Blunt People”

Self Awareness Improves Self Control

Interoception and Emotion Regulation What one has to do with the other Have you ever been surprised by the sudden intensity of your own emotions? One minute you thought you were calm, cool, and collected, and the next you were flying off the handle? …Just me, then? (Hopefully not just me). Do you know yourContinue reading “Self Awareness Improves Self Control”

Harmful ADHD Stereotypes

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.

Defining ADHD Paralysis

It’s totally a thing, but not actually a thing… I used to think that I was supposed to complete tasks in a certain way, like the way neurotypicals do, I guess. Don’t try to force yourself to be neurotypical if you’re not. Find adaptations for the differences that cause you grief — while embracing theContinue reading “Defining ADHD Paralysis”

Neurodiversity and the Politics of Self-Control

My son and I are intense. We’re passionate people. We feel profoundly, we experience deeply, and we get really excited about some things. I hate small talk. I often find it painfully boring and, frankly, a waste of time. I understand there is a social aspect to exchanging pleasantries and being friendly, but small talkContinue reading “Neurodiversity and the Politics of Self-Control”

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”

What is Neurodiversity?

Exploring the meaning of the word and the significance of the Neurodiversity movement. The meaning will differ slightly for each individual who identifies as being neurodivergent, based on how they perceive themselves and what framework works best for them. Variation and difference are neither inherently good nor bad.  What sets us apart can make usContinue reading “What is Neurodiversity?”

Discovering My Neurodivergence Helped Me Rediscover My Passion

I returned to a career that I never thought I’d love again. From the time I was in middle school, I told everyone that I wanted to be a social worker or a psychologist. I was determined and driven, and I never doubted what or who I wanted to become. Read more on Preoccupy NegativeContinue reading “Discovering My Neurodivergence Helped Me Rediscover My Passion”