Double Rainbows – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Neurodiversity

Double Rainbows – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Neurodiversity

By Dana Vilker Around the world, the LGBTQA+ community is starting to recognize the place of neurodivergent members in the community and the need for our inclusion. At first glance, sexuality seems to have little in common with neurodiversity. Sure, the two communities fight for recognition and

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How Telemedicine is Improving Healthcare Services for People with Autism

How Telemedicine is Improving Healthcare Services for People with Autism

By Rory Jovie Even though the pandemic has increased its profile, telehealth has been growing in recent years. Indeed, the global telehealth market is set to reach $167.2 billion by 202, growing by 21.4% every year. And although telehealth has its uses across multiple fields, autism patients

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Helping To Bridge The Gap Between Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Communication Needs

Helping To Bridge The Gap Between Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Communication Needs

By Adam Lodestone As an Autistic (Neurodivergent, or ND) adult, I often hear Neurotypical (NT) people say that I am being rude if I interrupt them when they are speaking or if I happen to talk over them. According to NT social norms and communication rules, such

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3 Ways Music Educators Can Help Students with Autism Develop their Emotions

3 Ways Music Educators Can Help Students with Autism Develop their Emotions

By Dawn R. Mitchell White, University of South Florida Many children with autism struggle to find the words to express how they feel. But when it comes to music, it’s an entirely different situation. Evidence suggests children with autism may enjoy music and show an early desire

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Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

By David Gray-Hammond People have found me weird my entire life. I am autistic. I am a recovering drug addict. I have experienced psychosis. I am asexual. All of these things represent a departure from the status quo. When people ask, “What is normal?” the resounding answer

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Four Words: You Need to Change

Four Words: You Need to Change

By John Adriance It was from my first grade teacher that I first heard the phrase, “You need to change.” I had finally been invited one day to play freeze tag with the other kids, a dream come true for me at the time. I knew the

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Connecting through play and music

Connecting through play and music

By Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP As a speech language pathologist, I work daily to support students with autism and other language learning challenges develop the skills and confidence required to communicate effectively. With over a decade of experience teaching this population I have come to realize that

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How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant

By Hopper When people talk about autistics and the foods we eat, the go-to explanation for pickiness is sensory issues. This is a valid point but is only one element of what impacts the dietary preferences of autistic people. Yes, flavors are different for us. They can

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Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Terra Vance Characterizations of Autistic people often reflect a profile of a stoic, unfeeling, emotionless automaton. Many times, the only emotion ascribed to autistics, especially by the lay writers who populate the dustbin of Amazon Kindle’s self-published section, is explosive anger. This is an accusation which

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Autism and Gender

Autism and Gender

By Gee Abraham Grasping the unique relationship between autistic people and their genders is an essential component of understanding the autistic experience. With growing evidence that autistic people are more likely to be gender-diverse than non-autistics, resources can be directed toward both autism and gender clinics to

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