Why OCD Is Considered Highly Comorbid With ADHD

What Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, and Autism have in common What is O.C.D.? The DSM-V lists the following criteria for diagnosing O.C.D.: Challenging a common myth about OCD O.C.D. is not always “I have to wash my hands and check locks constantly”, although these certainly can be compulsions people feel compelled to perform. O.C.D. is also: OCD is believedContinue reading “Why OCD Is Considered Highly Comorbid With ADHD”

Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

My Reading Recommendations

The most informative books about neurodiversity, education, parenting, disability, advocacy, and more Neurodiversity MB’s Book & Podcast Recommendations Please note that I have provided links primarily to the paperback copies of these books. However, many are also available in eBook or audiobook for a quicker download and are usually a less expensive option. Table of Contents IContinue reading “My Reading Recommendations”

Why Your Behaviour Chart Isn’t Working

Here’s why reward programs never work long-term When a child’s behaviours are challenging or concerning, we often jump to looking for solutions which address the behaviour, but not the underlying cause. When I receive reports from school staff and psychologists, they all have a similar theme: recommendations for behaviourism-based approaches, such as behaviour charts andContinue reading “Why Your Behaviour Chart Isn’t Working”

 Epilepsy Awareness Day

My personal experiences with seizures and idiopathic epilepsy I am not currently diagnosed with epilepsy, but I did struggle with idiopathic seizures in my mid-twenties (idiopathic essentially means they don’t know how or why they started). Unfortunately, being a young female with mental health issues and unexplained medical problems often leads to doctors and other medical professionalsContinue reading ” Epilepsy Awareness Day”

 I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School

I care a lot more about the environment than I do about the content For the record: I do value my son’s education. I appreciate teachers and the near-impossible task they are handed every single day: Please, educate these children. No, you may not have any more resources. No, you may not have better ventilation in yourContinue reading ” I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School”

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”