Neurodivergent Sensory Needs & Adaptations

When you discover that you might be neurodivergent, one of the first things that you might learnabout is sensory needs or your “sensory profile.” As defined in my previous blog onneurodivergent vocabulary, your sensory profile includes the 5 senses (seeing, hearing, touch,smell, taste) as well as vestibular (balance and movement), proprioception (body awareness andpressure), and …

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Special Interests: An Autist’s Magical Rabbit Holes

If you have recently discovered you or someone in your life is autistic, you may know the term “special interest.” In the neurodivergent community, special interests, sometimes referred to as “SpIns” for short, are often a big part of our identities. In one of my previous blog posts, I outlined many neurodivergent terms, one of …

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LGBTQ+ Definitions

LGBTQ+ Vocabulary

Much like neurodivergent vocabulary, the queer community often has its own little “language”that you don’t necessarily understand fully until you delve deep into the culture. For manypeople exploring their sexuality or gender for the first time, these terms may feel overwhelmingor confusing. I have compiled a list of terms that I think could be helpful …

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AuDHD: A Blessing or A Curse?

What is AuDHD? AuDHD is the identity-first term for someone who is both autistic and ADHD. Statistically, it isestimated that between 22-83% of autistic children also have ADHD (Sokolova et al., 2017).That same study found that approximately 30-65% of ADHD children also have significantautistic traits (Sokolova et al., 2017). So, basically, there’s a good chance …

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Sensory Processing and Autism

Autism is a neurodivergent condition that heightens a person’s sensitivity to the world around them. Each autistic individual has a distinct brain, and their sensory processing experiences vary. However, a shared characteristic among autistic people is their distinctive sensory processing. Let’s discuss how sensory processing aligns with autism across the five sensory systems. The five …

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LGBTQ+ and Autism: The Perfect Pairing

Research indicates that autistic people are more likely to identify as belonging to the LGBTQ+ community. This means that autistic people can experience a wider range of gender expression. Furthermore, autistic people are more likely to not be straight. Basically, it’s not uncommon to be gay and autistic. Obviously this doesn’t mean that being autistic …

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“It Causes More Harm Than Good” – The Dark Side of ABA Therapy

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a type of psychological intervention that is based in an concept that’s explained in this distressing 1965 Life Magazine article: “forcing a child’s outward behavior” would, “effect an inward psychological change”. Basically, if I can get my autistic child to act like they’re not autistic, they’ll start behaving more neurotypically. …

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