Neurodiversity Vs. Disorder? On Autism and ADHD

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What Disorder? Neurodiversity, Autism, and ADHD

Let's talk about language! Autism and ADHD are both known as neurodevelopmental “disorders.” But is “disorder” really the best way to refer to autism and ADHD, given the scientific body of research indicating autism and ADHD are examples of natural genetic variation? So how can we talk about autism and ADHD as examples of neurodivergence, but not disorders? Listen to learn more about neurodiversity, autism, and ADHD.

🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This post is based off of Episode 7 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | Spotify

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Need Gentle Parenting Ideas? Try These 3 Expert Books.

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After I posted my collaborative parenting series for ADHD and autistic families, I got a few emails asking me for further resources to learn about collaborative and gentle parenting. I’ve put together a guide of my top 3 favorite books about gentle parenting that I hope will help you out. These are all books that … Read more

Autistic Special Interest: Secret Strength? (Special Interests in ASD)

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Are Autistic Special Interests Really Our Secret Strength?

Special interests are one of the most defining traits of autism spectrum disorder (ASD): an intense focus on a specific subject. But ASD special interests are also a secret strength of autistics everywhere. Learn more about how autistics use our special interests to regulate our emotions and expand our worldviews today, on Neurodiverging.

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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 & Forks: How to Explain Autism and Fatigue

Hi everyone! Thanks for being here with me, Danielle, to talk about two models for understanding and managing fatigue that are popular in both neurodivergent and disability circles. The first is Spoon Theory, and the second is Fork Theory. We’ll take a look at the ideas of each theory, as well as the benefits and limitations of each one. Both theories share a … Read more

Echolalia: Why Your Autistic Friend or Child Repeats Everything You Say

Do you have an autistic friend or loved one who repeats everything you say all the time? Or do you know someone with autism spectrum disorder who's in the habit of talking to themselves?

It's called echolalia! It's common among young children, and autistics of all ages. Why do we repeat? Find out what's going on from an autistic mom's point of view.

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How to Communicate with Autistic Adults and Children (When You’re Not Autistic) – 4 Powerful Tips

Having different communication styles and making it work anyway is part of being in a family. But what if it’s not working? Collaborative problem-solving can be a life-saver for learning how to communicate with autistic adults, how to communicate with an autistic child, or how us autistics can better work with neurotypical folks. Here are … Read more

How I Was Not Shocked to Learn I Was Autistic As An Adult (In My 30s!)

I wasn’t diagnosed as being on the spectrum until after my second child was born and my life fell apart. Why are so many autistic women misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all? Hear my story. 🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This post on my autism journey is based off of Episode 2 of the Neurodiverging … Read more

What Is Neurodiversity? Intro to Neurodiverging

Today's episode serves as an introduction to what I'll be talking about through this podcast series, including my answers to these questions:

  • What does neurodivergent mean?

  • What is neurodivergence?

  • What is neurodiversity?

  • And why are they important to talk about?

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