Reflections on Our House Is on Fire: Book Review

our house is on fire book review

Autism, the Challenge & the Gift Reflections on the Thunberg family’s new book, Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis, by Mike Matejka “Disability” is a qualifier that mistakenly brands a significant population as lesser people. What nourishes and saves humanity is diversity; those marked “disabled” often bring … Read more

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

autistic girl

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

Autistic people don’t lack empathy. In fact, we’ve got more than enough.

AUTISTIC PEOPLE DON'T LACK EMPATHY

This article was originally published on Medium. I’m an autistic woman in my 30s. I’m introverted and a little awkward, but I do like to meet new people and make new friends. However, I have this recurring experience in social settings that is a little off-putting. When I am in a room with a group … 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

Black Lives Matter on Neurodiverging

Dear all: The goal of Neurodiverging, as a blog and a podcast, is to offer education on autism, ADHD, and other forms of neurodiversity. I am critical of the painful, hard attitudes toward neurodivergent people I see in the world, and how we are treated, because I hope to contribute toward social justice for all … Read more

The Obtuse Man and ADHD in Ancient Greece – 2000 Forgotten Years of ADHD?

Today, we’re going to learn about the Obtuse Man of Theophrasus, the earliest known written example of a character with ADHD in Ancient Greece, over 2000 years ago.  Although ADHD is often considered a modern phenomenon, and an abnormality or disorder, did you know that we actually have good evidence that ADHD is a normal … Read more

Autism and Speech Therapy (Your Therapy Cheat Sheet Series, Part 2)

autism and speech therapy

Today, in my Therapy Cheat Sheet Series, I’m here to talk about autism and speech therapy. Why is speech therapy so often recommended for autistics? Well, it can help develop our communication skills, to become more independent and self-actualized people. Communication is a basic skill, and one that is necessary in all aspects of life, … Read more

FAQ: Different Types of Therapy for Autism (Your Therapy Cheat Sheet Series, Part 1)

different kinds of therapy for autism

So you or your child have just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I know your head is probably buzzing as you walk out of that appointment. And I know you were probably given like 30 pages of recommendations to pursue, many of them focused on different types of therapy for autism: occupational therapy, speech … Read more

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