Ep 22/ Asked & Answered: Should I tell my child about their neurodiversity?

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Parenting can be a challenge for anyone, even in the most ideal conditions. But parenting a child who has a different neurotype than you can come with unique challenges. I want to discuss a question that I’ve gotten a few times: Should I tell my child about their autism? How do I portray being autistic … Read more

Ep. 21 / Raising Successful Neurodivergent Kids / Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade

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This week I'm talking with Sally Willbanks, the founder of neurodiversity clothing line, ND Renegade. We discuss how she transitioned from being a well-known contemporary landscape artist to running a clothing line dedicated to neurodiversity; parenting autistic and ADHD profoundly gifted children; and the pros and cons of homeschooling to teach children life skills. Enjoy!


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Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade

About Sally Willbanks: After many years spent successfully building an art career in Australia, Sally found that parenting her incredible neurodivergent children required her to homeschool them. So, she shifted her entire focus to create ND Renegade, a contemporary apparel brand that aims to "shine a light on neurodiversity."

Sally says: "We concentrate on producing quality clothing that focuses on awareness and acceptance of people's neurological differences. We aim to make neurodivergent people feel proud and own their uniqueness. We believe the discussion about neurodiversity needs to change - we not only need to be aware of differences such as autism, adhd, dyspraxia and others, we need to accept and celebrate them."

Join Sally and me today for a wide-ranging conversation about raising autistic and ADHD kids for success and happiness, homeschooling pros and cons, how she transitioned from painting to running a successful new business in just about a year's time, and why neurodiversity advocacy is so important to her.

Then, visit https://www.ndrenegade.com/ and follow them on Instagram @ndrenegade!


🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This interview with Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade is based off of Episode 21 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | Spotify

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What Does Wellness Mean for Autistics? Talking with Erin Beal About Her Autism Journey.

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Erin Beal is here to talk about her adult autism journey, her new Autism Wellness Center, and how the internet autism community got her through. Today, I am thrilled to have Erin Beal with us. Erin is the autistic and ADHD founder of the Autism Wellness Center of SW Michigan, as well as a personal … Read more

6 of the Best Parenting Podcasts for Neurodivergent Families

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I’ve had a couple of emails asking me about the best parenting podcasts for families with autism, ADHD, and other neurodiversity. There are so many amazing parenting podcasts out there! I couldn’t possibly make an extensive list. These are just some parenting podcasts that I’ve listened to personally and liked. Podcasts from these parenting experts … Read more

Prime Day Deals for Neurodivergent Folks! (2020)

I don’t usually do this kind of post, but a lot of us are on tight budgets with everything going on in the world, so I put together this quick blog post with some Neurodiverging-specific Amazon deals I found for Prime Day. There are a lot of weighted blankets, ear defenders, sensory crafts, fidgets, and … Read more

How Can We Take Better Care of Neurodiverse Women? These 3 Interviews Shed Some Light.

How Can We Take Better Care of Neurodiverse Women

How can we take better care of neurodiverse women? That’s the question we’re trying to shed some light on today. 🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This post is based off of Episode 13 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify Misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis. Disbelief from doctors and mental health professionals after you explain your … Read more

How to Define Perseveration in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about some common traits of autism spectrum disorder, and the question of how to define perseveration with regards to autism came up. I've experienced perseveration, and I notice it in my children with autism and ADHD. But, I found it oddly difficult to describe to my friend, and realized I didn't quite know how to explain it. So, I did a little research on perseverative thinking, behaviors, and language.


🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This post is based off of Episode 14 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Pandora Google Podcasts | Spotify

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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

Reflections on Our House Is on Fire: Book Review

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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

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