Neurodiversity

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+ 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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