How Do I Find A Therapist? A Guide For Neurodivergent Folks

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Today’s episode is based on a listener question: Jenna wrote, “How do you go about finding a therapist as a neurodivergent person? Are there specific things to look for, or avoid?”

🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This Asked & Answered is based off of Episode 20 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! 

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Safe Spiritual Spaces for Neurodivergent People / Rev. Catharine Clarenbach

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Exciting news! Reverend Clarenbach, this week’s guest on Neurodiverging, is holding a special event this Saturday, 12/19/2020. Learn more at her website, thewayoftheriver.com, or read “Going Into the Dark” below. I’m honored to be joined on this week’s episode by Reverend Catharine Clarenbach. Catharine is a white, fat, cis woman, a sovereign queer femme with … Read more

Interoception, Thirst, and Sensory Overwhelm

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I was talking about interoception last week on Instagram (Post 1, Post 2). Interoception is your eighth sense that lets you know what's happening inside your body. So, your sense of interoception includes things like hunger, thirst, bowel movements, emotions, pain etc.

Anyway, I really struggle with interoception, and one of the things I struggle with most is remembering to drink water.

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On Overwhelm and Neurodiversity: You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

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I think one of the most common “symptoms” of neurodiversity is overwhelm. We’re all trying our best in a world and society that aren’t right for us. It’s really easy to feel like we’re constantly behind where everybody else is, especially as a young adult. On Overwhelm and Neurodiversity Let me tell you, you are … Read more

How to Make A Family Schedule That Works For Everybody in Your Household

How to Make a Schedule for Everyone in Your Household Today’s post is a practically-minded one. We’re talking about schedules! Now that we’re getting into the fall season, most kids have gone back to school, even though school looks very different this year. This means that a lot of us are adjusting our schedules to … Read more

3 Ways Your Partner’s Adult ADHD Influences Your Relationship (+ Advice to Improve)

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There are a lot of adults with ADHD in this world, and so it’s not surprising that there are a lot of adults with ADHD in relationships around too. But is a relationship with a person with ADHD any different than a relationship between two neurotypical people? Well, it doesn’t have to be, but a lot … Read more

4 Ways to Crush It with Picture Schedules

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Picture schedules are also called visual schedules, and they’re commonly used by autistic, ADHD, or executive dysfunction folks as supports for everyday life. Picture schedules can help us remember what comes next in a series of activities, or remind us of options when we’re overwhelmed. As an autistic adult with a lot of executive dysfunction … Read more

Neurodivergent Spoons and Forks: 2 Theories to Explain Autism and Fatigue

Neurodivergent Spoons and Forks (On Autism and Fatigue)

Everybody has a different way of describing how they deal with fatigue, whether it be physical, emotional, or mental. Two models of fatigue that are popular in the autism community are the spoon theory and the fork theory. Neurodivergent spoons and forks for all!

Let's delve into how the spoon and fork theories apply to autism and exhaustion, and how they can help you become more self-aware to conserve more of your hard-won energy.

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Stuck At Home? 3 Steps to Organize for Autism, ADHD, Executive Dysfunction, and More

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Hey, friends. Recently, a great many of us have become families stuck at home with our kiddos (and I hope you are all hanging in). The change in schedules, routines, and daily needs can be huge, and families with neurodivergent members can have even more upheaval than average. I have been mostly stay-at-home with two … Read more

How to Set Goals

Setting Goals and Perseverance

There are many ways to set goals, but one of the best ways is to start with high-level goals. Then, for each of those high-level goals, define the tasks that it would take to accomplish those goals. Set milestones so that you can measure how you are doing at each step. It’s okay to make adjustments along the way, even to the high-level goals. But, the key is to use this as a roadmap to keep going. That is the best way to get to where you want to go. Perseverance will play a big role here.

If you give up at any point, don’t beat yourself up. Consider what caused you to give up, and see if you can make an adjustment to your plan to account for that issue. Then, either start over or, if possible, pick up where you left off. When you finally accomplish your goals and milestones, it will be that much more worth the effort.

If you find that you are constantly giving up on your goals, you may want to get some professional help. This can either be in the form of coaching or in extreme cases, you may want to seek the advice of a counselor. Sometimes this can make the difference in breaking the barrier of quitting before meeting your goals. A mentor or counselor can give you the necessary guidance and may even be able to help you define better goals. It could be you just weren’t following the right plan.

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