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”

The “Highly Sensitive Person” is Code for Autistic

Everyone Needs Accommodations To Thrive Some accommodations are normalized while others are pathologized Every day, ordinary accommodations are so routine for neurotypical and non-disabled people, they’re no longer seen as supports — they’re just “common courtesy” — based on the simple fact that there are more of them than there are of us. Imagine ifContinue reading “The “Highly Sensitive Person” is Code for Autistic”

Emotional Dysregulation is Not Always Pathological

Emotions are natural and necessary human responses I was doing research for another article, trying to find a scientific definition of emotional dysregulation. Instead, what I found was a series of peer-reviewed sources pathologizing intense feelings. It’s not our emotions that are extreme or inappropriate, it’s our behavioural responses to those emotions which can leadContinue reading “Emotional Dysregulation is Not Always Pathological”

My Top Performing Articles of 2021

I’ve been on medium for eight months, and it’s been quite a ride so far. I have really enjoyed writing here and reading stories and articles shared by others. To date, I’ve published 175 articles. Recently I’ve made it to 1.5K followers, and have reached more than 50K readers, which is very exciting for me.Continue reading “My Top Performing Articles of 2021”

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”