Statement on the 2018 Division of Early Childhood conference

Statement on the 2018 Division of Early Childhood conference

Greetings, We are writing this to regretfully inform you that Foundations for Divergent Minds (FDM) will no longer be presenting at the 2018 Division of Early Childhood (DEC) National Conference in Orlando, Florida this week. Despite being approved via their established, peer-reviewed process, our adherence to all conference guidelines, and meeting every registration, payment, andRead more about Statement on the 2018 Division of Early Childhood conference[…]

Bullying isn’t a Kid Problem

Bullying isn’t a Kid Problem

“Finally, children are exposed to media that so often takes advantage of the “weird” character for a laugh. How many of the gross neighbors, awkward first dates, and annoying classmates in popular media look like neurodivergent kids and their adult counterparts? How many of their abuses occur with laugh tracks in the background?”

Goal This, Not That! Using the IEP to Set the Foundation for Future Success

Goal This, Not That! Using the IEP to Set the Foundation for Future Success

There’s a saying among therapists regarding documentation: “If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.” Similarly, goals and activities that are set up to be documented will likely be worked on, and those that are not will not. That said, it’s crucial to formulate IEP goals that will support the child’s genuine lifelong success. If youRead more about Goal This, Not That! Using the IEP to Set the Foundation for Future Success[…]

Anxiety: An Opportunity to Support Advocacy and Coping

Anxiety: An Opportunity to Support Advocacy and Coping

School can be a stressful experience for many children, neurodivergent and not. Parents and other adults who have been through school themselves at some point may find themselves tempted to respond to anxieties with platitudes meant to reassure the child that things will be ok. Often, however, these reassurances take on more of a gaslightingRead more about Anxiety: An Opportunity to Support Advocacy and Coping[…]

Supporting Neurodiversity Means Supporting Neurodivergent Leaders

Supporting Neurodiversity Means Supporting Neurodivergent Leaders

Thirty years ago, the students of Gallaudet University demanded that its newly-selected president resign. She had been the only hearing person among three candidates for the position of president at the nation’s only university designed for Deaf students. The students wondered how a university that claimed to develop Deaf people into leaders could be soRead more about Supporting Neurodiversity Means Supporting Neurodivergent Leaders[…]

Your Child Deserves Neurodivergent Community

Your Child Deserves Neurodivergent Community

When parents learn that their children are neurodivergent, they are often advised to keep their children away from neurodivergent peers as much as possible. That is horrible advice. Keeping away from neurodivergent peers is only good advice if your goals include reducing a child’s self-esteem and self-understanding. (Although, in that case, “get some less abusiveRead more about Your Child Deserves Neurodivergent Community[…]