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[…]

Nurturing Neurodiversity

Nurturing Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is a fact. People of all kinds of neurotypes inhabit this world. Like all kinds of diversity, neurodiversity means more perspectives, a wider array of strengths, and increased opportunities for mutualistic interdependence. Yet, many interventions and ideologies still blatantly disrespect neurodiversity. Treating neurodiversity as anything less than a fact does not change the factRead more about Nurturing Neurodiversity[…]

Universal Design and the Spirit of the ADA

Universal Design and the Spirit of the ADA

Don’t be fooled by watered-down versions of disability history: the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act was radical. Amidst a world that is designed primarily to suit the convenience of able-bodied, neurotypical people, a law that focused on making it accessible to people with disabilities did not float naturally into the public sphere. ItsRead more about Universal Design and the Spirit of the ADA[…]

Functioning Labels: A Lost Opportunity

Functioning Labels: A Lost Opportunity

“‘High functioning’ is used to deny support. ‘Low functioning’ is used to deny agency,” points out Autistic activist Ellen Murray. Research shows that in addition to being rather inaccurate in summarizing abilities and needs, stigmas surrounding functioning labels negatively affect the perspectives of many service providers. So why use them, especially when there are betterRead more about Functioning Labels: A Lost Opportunity[…]

What is Executive Functioning?

What is Executive Functioning?

Executive Functioning is complex and often misunderstood.  Without a firm understanding of what Executive Functioning is, when a student is struggling with executive functioning, parents and professionals may assume the student is unmotivated, careless, resistant to help, etc.  This could not be further from the truth! Children struggling with EF are working very hard toRead more about What is Executive Functioning?[…]

Magical Abilities

Magical Abilities

Let’s set a scene. Pro-neurodiversity parent decides to “change the script” and posts “Tell us about all of the amazing things your little one does! Let’s show everyone how amazing autistic kids are!” Responses range from cute, funny stories to deep reflections on how children’s’ identities teach others around them, etc. I have participated, even,Read more about Magical Abilities[…]