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I am raising my head above the parapet and posting about something which causes me great concern on many fronts, as a:
🧠#neurodivergent individual
👩‍🎓#Neurodiversity-advocating Professional
👩‍👧‍👦Mother of 2 neurodivergent #children living in Leicestershire
It seems that, for a number of years, the LA has been at the forefront of an initiative to find: "Cost-effective models for delivering behaviour analysis teaching in UK schools and local authorities"
Integrating ABA into #maintained & #academy, #mainstream & #SpecialSchool for "affordable" "positive outcomes". It concludes, "School-based models, such as Leicestershire's, provide a sustainable model which can be used with a large number of children for...little extra cost."
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I've seen a few posts recently asking what resources are out there that can help explain to someone what #ADHD actually looks like in adults, so I'm sharing a few excellent ones from the Educate section of our Resource Bank:
Here's an article about a person who was convinced by doctors who held bias views about ADHD that they did not have it (when they did):…
Great article on someone being diagnosed with #ADHD at 37 and what they wish they'd know before (web archive link because paywall):…
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O que é ter autismo diagnosticado tardiamente? 🧩
Autismo é um distúrbio neurológico que afeta a comunicação e a interação social. Algumas pessoas com autismo são diagnosticadas cedo na vida, mas outras só são diagnosticadas mais tarde.
1/7: Para muitos adultos autistas, o diagnóstico tardio é comum. Muitos de nós não fomos diagnosticados na infância porque naquela época não havia muita informação sobre autismo. 😕
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TW: autism & suicide

Since seeing Gem (Neurodivergent_researcher on FB & IG) post this earlier my busy brain has consistently bought me back round to reflecting on the role Speech & Language Therapy has in building protective factors for ND people.

I can’t speak to the experiences of people who have suicidal ideation, because it hasn’t been my lived experience. I can however, empathise & understand how ND trauma, flying under the radar for most of your life & neurotypical expectations contribute to anxiety, depression..2/14
& feeling less than your peers, friends, partners, colleagues etc.

To my mind, Speech & Language Therapy has a large role to play in building protective factors, I’ll name a few (feel free to comment & add more):-

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Living with ADHD, a personal recount written by my 14-year-old daughter. I post it here with her permission:
ADHD is one of the very peculiar neurodevelopmental disorders. It stands for ‘attention deficit hyperactivity disorder’. It is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders to develop or have. And it may be caused by these: genetic inheritance, brain injury, exposure to
environmental risks, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, premature delivery, and low-birth weight.

As a teenager with ADHD, I have to take pills just as I did as a kid in order to control the disorder. I prefer not to refer ADHD as a disorder, b
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I have been planning to write a book called How to Speak Neurotypical, a Guide for #Neurodivergent Folx. My special interest is the human brain, and all that stems from it, brain science and nerves to sociology, language, and culture. I want to explain NT behavior to (1/5)
#Neurodivergent peeps, such as the concepts of emotional logic, social contracts, and social currency. Many of us are confused because NT behavior makes no sense. However, when seen as a second language and culture, NT behavior can be explained using these three concepts. (2/5)
At least IMO anyway. Why NTs use emotional logic over rational logic, use social currency instead of truth or reality to make decisions and judge situations, and what the unspoken social contracts of the USA are, such as lying being the social contract of greeting. (3/5)
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[1/4] Augustus Owsley Stanley III, aka "Bear," was born OTD in 1935. Perhaps best known for making the LSD that fueled the Summer of Love (thus inspiring the Steely Dan song "Kid Charlemagne"), Bear was much more than that. [📸Amalie Rothschild] Image
[2/4] As sound man and mentor to @GratefulDead, Bear began the practice of taping the band every night so they could learn from their own performances. #Deadheads turned that into a global community. Bear's Sonic Journals also captured many other bands with astonishing clarity.
[3/4] Bear's innovative concepts for the @GratefulDead's sound system (based in his experiences of #synesthesia, and culminating in the awesome-sounding but impractical "Wall of Sound" in 1974) transformed modern concert sound for the whole rock-touring industry. [📸Kirk West] Image
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@D_M_Clark_ In the 1960’s there were many dark and gruesome experiments as it were as you would know. But #psychology #psychiatry had significant standing. The standards across #publichealth have dropped. It’s important to note to the advisory body for Victoria (OCP) (Coventry)has no power.
@D_M_Clark_ 2/to act in favour or dissent over practices or possible new practices - even basic Jungian thought — or Freud frankly. @Headspace one of the few that are not coveting money and meds over patient health.
But back to OCP. Why have an Office Of Chief Psychiatrist without teeth?3/
@D_M_Clark_ @Headspace 3/ As you would also know, there is accountability of practice and practices by #law.
So advice via an OCP sounds fine?
Unfortunately like all areas of #Health someone has to supervise accountability and usefulness of treatments within those laws. @DanielAndrewsMP /4
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[thread: teaching methods / participation]

i see a lot of content this term about lack of/no participation, inactive engagement, silent classes... etc. my class is here to show you some alternate ways into participation that are multimodal, disability friendly and udl designed.
okay so i'll start with "there are SO MANY REASONS for quiet classes, including apocalypse time/covid time/tragedies happening literally constantly". so this is NOT A FOR-ALL METHOD and these will not work EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME. i'm not magic, i'm just a grad student lmao, SO:
in my mind, my classes aren't quiet because of the ways they've been invited to participate - and this of course starts with your "base building block", the syllabus. i wrote a WHOLE THING about just this component and it's free via…

the tl;dr is next >
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I feel like all #neurodivergent people came out of the pandemic with no ability to mask anymore, no desire to, and if someone asks us to mask we just look at them like, "I'm sorry, am I living in an 1880s opera house terrorizing folks? No? Well then we shan't be masking"
Hey, so I could have chosen better language for this post. I mean neurotypical masking. Masking behaviors that would out us as ADHD or Autistic.

I still support the wearing of physical masks to protect others. If you are an antimasker, go fuck yourself.
Also, vaccinate you, vaccinate your kids and if they come out with vaccinations for your pets vaccinate them too.

It's 2022. JFC
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If a #parent of an #SEN child (esp autistic) presents as #anxious, high maintenance, needy, rude, full on or any of the other awful terminology used to describe them, what do you think might be *really* going on. Let’s unpack it 🧵

#Teachers #SENCO #Inclusion leads #SENtwitter
This is not a new topic. Parents have been talking about the difficulties of being labelled as overly anxious for many years.
So why does this keep happening?
2/🧵 #Teachers #SENCO #Inclusion leads #SENtwitter
Professionals don’t want to feel helpless. Difficult situations and lack of resources cause feelings of helplessness all around and it is easier to blame the most vulnerable and easy target. The anxious parent. 3/🧵
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1/4 Often Autistic people assigned female birth are missed as Autistic people because for 70+ years research & researchers were only looking for a narrow Autistic presentation.

Lots of women, non-binary people, & men were missed their earlier Autistic identity discovery.
2/4 And Black Autistic people & Autistic people of colour are really overlooked, which must change.

My interests, for instance, were not the stereotype of trains. I was dedicated to buying & applying makeup in a meticulous way.
3/4 I know far more Autistic people interested in snails 🐌 than trains or buses.

We are seeing a shift from non-autistic led theories & understanding of the abstract "autism", to Autistic led theories and discussion about Autistic experience.
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NEW: This Post Was Written By #AI:…

From idea to content and published post in under 30mins, using free tools. This tech is developing *fast* and will have implications for teaching, learning and our graduates.

☝️Using tools from @playground_ai @peppertype_ai @AiWritesonic @copy_ai and inspired by @Suhail @kaifulee @FryRsquared @DeepMind @daniel_eckler and more. Follow them all for super-interesting news. #AI
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1/7 Rejection Sensitivity (alt text in picture descriptions) Slide 1: Title of “Rejection Sensitivity” in a multicolo
2/7 Rejection Sensitivity Slide 2: Main text reads: “Rejection Sensitivity, or Rejec
3/7 Rejection Sensitivity Slide 3: Title of: “Experiencing Rejection Sensitivity”
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1/8 Situational Mutism Pt. 2 (alt-text in picture descriptions) Slide 1: "Situational Mutism is all about the situation
2/8 Situational Mutism Pt. 2 Slide 2: "Mute around crowds or in front of a lot of pe
3/8 Situational Mutism Pt. 2 Slide 3: "Mute around strangers or with new people"
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1/5 Situational Mutism Pt. 1 (alt text in picture descriptions) Slide 1 - title "Situa...
2/5 Situational Mutism Pt. 1 Slide 2 - title "Situa...
3/5 Situational Mutism Pt. 1 Slide 3 - title "Be Ac...
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DragonForge is a #storytellingnft. More accurately, we’re a brand that uses #NFTs to give our members special access and support.
We’re making an adventure show for teens that adults will love. #DragonForge is not your typical animation, because it is being created by our members
The #story follows a #Dragon named Ember & his friends as they find their way home after a magical pendant strands them in another reality. But what begins as a journey home turns into a quest to save their world…
Ember, Dryden, Kip, Seraphine, and Zora used to be close friends, until they were involved in an accident that changed their lives. As they piece together secrets about the present, they will uncover unsettling truths about their past that will once again test their friendship. Image
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"Much like a safe food, editors happen to rely on stereotypes: the little Sheldons, little Good Doctors, or little Rain Men in the stories they publish. But there’s a buffet of #autistic 'flavors,' a whole spectrum of tastes, out there that they’re missing."

A must-read! ❤️♾
"Part of this exclusion comes from there being hardly any openly #neurodivergent or #disabled gatekeepers in the industry. Yet at least one neurodivergent kid is learning in virtually every classroom in the country."


ND and #autistic and disabled kids are EVERYWHERE.
I talk about this in my workshops and PD sessions.

#Autistic kids are everyone's concern! Every educator and librarian needs to know how to work with them.

And every school library needs diverse, authentic, and respectful books that reflect the reality of their lives.
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Much like when a Queer or trans person stays in the closet because they don’t feel safe, NeuroDivergent masking, or camouflaging, is defined as when a NeuroDivergent Person consciously, or subconsciously, masks or hides, their Divergent traits, in order to blend in.
We do it to keep ourselves safe. We do it because the world around us can be very hostile, and blending in is self-defense.
However… blending in can also feel like a slow death, putting yourself aside to pacify the expectations of other people, making yourself small, ignoring us our own wants and needs.
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Three things about autism I wish everyone knew:

• No two autistic people are alike.
• Autism doesn’t exist on a linear spectrum.
• Autism presents differently across genders.

#ActuallyAutistic #neurodivergent #AuDHD #AutismAcceptance
Embrace Autism has over a dozen self-assessments:
Three more things about autism I wish everyone knew:

• Autistic children become autistic adults.
• Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder present from birth and is highly genetic.
• Autistic masking accounts for many people being undx for years or decades.
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Last night I was genuinely struggling. I thought about calling a help line. I thought about what it would be like to permanently escape. I thought about my dogs, my sister, my mom, my husband.

I thought about my dearest friend, and the few close friends I have.

I thought ++
about how helpless I feel watching this planet spin more and more out of control every day.

I thought about how powerless I feel. How hopelessness is taking me over.

I thought about the weight of my trauma. If it could ever be untangled.

I thought about being Indigenous and ++
how that means everything to me, but I'm not not connected to my community. I thought about how my neurology and skin tone make that seem impossible.

I thought about my health and what covid has done to me and how scared I am.

All that thinking kept me awake till 5am.

Then ++
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Therapist Tip: 1 in 44 children are now born with #autism A core theme in many #autistic #aspergers #adhd individuals is self hatred or self-loathing, in both the diagnosed & undiagnosed. Many are unaware they are #neurodivergent Many are misdiagnosed or have missed diagnoses
Those who were late diagnosed (after kindergarten) are included. A common theme is growing up feeling 'different', 'not fitting in', being bullied, not being accepted, 'feeling like an alien', not understanding oneself, confusion, negative self-esteem, #adhd #selfesteem
a lack of friends, family of origin issues, difficulties communicating, being misunderstood & #trauma They may have ptsd from childhood, developmental trauma, have been bullied and/or abused. They often feel as though something is inherently wrong with them (shame & guilt) #PTSD
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