Episode 111: A Struggling, Undiagnosed Autistic Girl in the 1990s

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Why Was My Autism Missed? In an earlier episode, I told my own story of being diagnosed autistic as an adult in my 30s, after my young son was diagnosed. I received many questions about how I didn’t know I was an autistic girl when I was younger, and why no one at home or … Read more

Ep 10/ The History of Attention Deficit Disorder, 1800-1980

The History of Attention Deficit Disorder, Part 2: 1800-1980 Hi, friends! Today, we’re continuing our discussion on the history of attention deficit disorder. In the last episode of this series, I discussed the Obtuse Man in the 3rd century CE. Then we talked briefly how ADHD, other neurodivergences, and mental health challenges, were considered a … Read more

Ep 9/ The Colorful History of ADHD, Part 1: 300-1800 CE

Episode 9: The Colorful History of ADHD, Part 1 - 300-1800 CE

We don't know where we're going if we don't know where we've been.

So, today we’re talking about the history of ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The history of ADHD is likely as long and complex as the history of humanity itself, but of course, we can only access small pieces of history through whatever documents have been left behind.

This episode begins with Theophrastus' "Obtuse Man," continues through the medieval tie of spiritual health with mental health, and finishes off with a discussion of Sir Alexander Crichton's work changing the course of neurodivergent history at the very turn of the 19th century. Stay tuned for a follow-up episode, covering the 20th century!

🎧 Rather listen than read this post? Part 1 of our history of attention deficit disorder is based off of Episode 9 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | Spotify

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How ADHD Students of Color Suffer in American Schools

How ADHD Students of Color Suffer in American Schools Today I want to start talking about race and ADHD. The stereotype of ADHD is a hyperactive, rambunctious little white boy, but the truth is that people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, races, all people, have ADHD at about the same rates. About 5-10% of everybody … Read more

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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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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