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 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.

And, download your "Getting Unstuck Checklist" here!

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Fearless Collaborative Parenting (Part 3)

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Hello, friends, and welcome to part 3 of our collaborative parenting series, all about applying collaborative problem solving to your parenting. We’ve already talked about why you need to try collaborative parenting (especially if you or some of your family members are ADHD or autistic), and we discussed the four perspective shifts you need to … 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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Want to Try Collaborative Parenting? Read These 4 Honest Tips FIRST.

Want to try collaborative parenting, but don’t know where to start? This is the second part of a new series of collaborative parenting tips, all about how to use collaborative parenting to improve your parenting and your ADHD or autistic child’s response. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first section, check it … Read more

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

Collaborative Parenting is the Gentle Solution for ADHD Kids

Welcome to a new series on collaborative parenting for families with ADHD or autism. This is the method we use at home. It’s also the number 1 question I’m asked by parent friends: “How have your kids learned to work together so well?” It’s not just luck! It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s work anybody … Read more

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 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

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