A neurodivergent writer, content manager, designer, author, poet, and human. Trying to make the world a little bit better -- one word at a time.
The fool-proof formula for meltdown-free outings
Is actually a pretty simple formula, but it’ll save you a ton of headaches (and save your child a ton of distress). Whether you've got an autistic child, an ADHD kiddo, a SPD/sensory-sensitive kid, or even a neurotypical child, these tips will help you have a successful* trip to the store, playground, or anywhere else you need to go.
All good things mus(n)t come to an end
You've probably heard the phrase "all good things must come to an end". It's not true. When Chaucer wrote "But at the laste, as every thing hath ende, She took hir leve, and nedes wolde wende," (a phrase I still don't fully understand, due to my ashamedly limited knowledge of old-timey writing) I'm thinking he meant everything has an end. Naturally speaking, this is probably true. We live, we die, most all things have a beginning and an end. But there are lots of good things that never end.
How the tantrum of the century taught me the importance of neurodivergent solidarity
It was last week. I took my son (5, nonverbal autistic) to the indoor playground to play. It’s a 1.5 hour drive from where we live, and he was already tired by the time we arrived. I had everything prepared: his food and drinks were purchased, I had a back-up set of clothes in his backpack, wipes, pull-ups, and a transition plan to make leaving easier.
You're Never Too Young to Learn Consent
My 4-year-old with autism understands consent. There are grown people that still don't. Let's change that. Age and neurological differences can leave you wondering, "how do I even *begin* to broach these topics with my kid?"
"I Have A (Lucid) Dream"
I drove two hours from my home in Carrollton, GA, at 6 am in my beat-up pick-up truck (affectionately named Lucille) and hiked up to the base of the mountain. As I stood beneath it, I was amazed at how gigantic and imposing it felt. This is what Dr. King was talking about.
The summer I turned 18 was one for the history books...literally. Wilson had stubbed his toe over German subs and food shortages. After trying everything we could to stay out of it, the world was upside down – and we were smack dab in it. While I was trying to pass English lit and figure out how to ask Sally Maxwell to the picture shows, my friends were going off to war. I knew it was only a matter of time before my number got called, and even if I was afraid, I’d never admitted it out loud.
How The Grinch...Can Teach Kids About Mental Health | Pt. 2
In the second part of this series, we'll be focusing on something pretty much everyone is familiar with -- bullying. Although previously touted by many as a standard part of growing up or a 'rite of passage', bullying is far from normal or acceptable.
How The Grinch...can teach kids about mental health | Part 1
You may be wondering, “why should I talk to my kids about mental health around the holidays? That seems so sad!” In the previous version of this article, I included many outdated statistics about depression and other mental health conditions in children and those around them. However, as of the date of this writing (12/8/2021) the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a public warning regarding the state of youth mental health.
It started with the last civil war. Or maybe it began long before that. My tutors told me stories about the 2031 pandemic. They had explained the original United States split into two factions; those who believe facts, and those who believe opinions. The rest of the countries followed suit; countries seceded from former unions and formed their own alliances. They’d beaten this once before; they weren’t going to allow a rogue group of nonbelievers to bring it back from extinction.