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An insider’s view of ‘Special Interests’

If you’ve done any reading about autism you’ve probably come across the term ‘Restricted Interest’ or ‘Special Interest’. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V), which is used to diagnose autism defines special interests as ‘Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus (e.g., strong attachment to or preoccupation with unusual objects, excessively […]

Ten Things You Reject by Embracing Neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity is the notion, and fact, that human beings are neurologically diverse. The Neurodiversity Paradigm (to which I refer throughout this post) believes that there is no “right” or “normal” way to neurologically be; and that all neurologies are therefore valid. It believes that variations in human neurology, are a natural part of human diversity. […]

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Our Neurodivergent Family’s Valentine’s Day

In the US, Valentine’s Day is one of the most successful commercial endeavors of the year.  In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day the pressure gradually increases until the big day arrives. Jewelry, roses, chocolate, and stuffed animals are sold in seemingly endless quantities. Dinner reservations book up quickly as do romantic get-aways. Many […]