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What if we changed the Ds in ADHD?

What if we changed the Ds in Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from Deficit and Disorder to Difference and Diversity? Children (and adults) with ADHD are terribly stigmatised in our society. ADHD is seen as either a fictitious invention of modern life, or a disorder in children needing treatment. The neurodiversity paradigm* disputes both of these perspectives. […]

10 ‘Autism Interventions’ for Families Embracing the Neurodiversity Paradigm

In most places, as soon as a child is identified as autistic, they are funnelled straight in to early intervention therapies. Based on a medical model of disability, these therapies see autistic children as disordered, and aim to change autistic children so that they will play, communicate and move more like their ‘typically developing’ peers. […]

When support comes at a price

Let me tell you about a family in Australia, two parents and three children, a 4.5yo boy and 2yo twins. After much soul searching, research, thought and discussion, the family decide to homeschool their eldest child. One of the parents stays at home and commits to trying out homeschooling for a period of time. They will […]

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. […]

Welcome to Autism

I read a really helpful blog post a while back that highlighted the top 10 pieces of advice that a mother of an autistic child wished to pass on to parents with a newly diagnosed autistic child. My son was diagnosed just one month ago and I wanted to share my own top tips in […]