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Nurturing Neurodiversity: The Crucial Role of Self-Regulation

Neurodiversity encompasses a spectrum of neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and more. Embracing and understanding neurodiversity is essential for fostering inclusivity and promoting the well-being of individuals with diverse cognitive profiles. One key element that plays a pivotal role in the lives of neurodiverse individuals is self-regulation. In this article, we explore the significance of self-regulation for neurodiverse people and how it can empower them to navigate a world that may not always be attuned to their unique needs.

Comorbidities in Neurodiversity

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Neurodivergence is a term used to describe people who think, process information, and experience the world differently than the neurotypical population. It includes conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and many others. While neurodivergent individuals often face unique challenges, they are also at increased risk for developing certain comorbidities.

What is Stimming?

Stimming is short for self-stimulation. Stimming is a repetitive body movement, such as hand flapping. Stimming is commonly found in Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder, but also found in other developmental disabilities. This behavior may involve any or all of the senses in various degrees in different individuals.

How to Talk to Kids About: Their Disabilities

When our child is different, there’s so much more we need to learn about parenting. Our first go-to will be to learn all we can about the diagnosis. We learn everything we can, so we can understand and provide the necessary support, intervention or therapy that they need to thrive. Whether it’s by reading books, attending courses or through community groups, we learn what we can, when we can.

How to Talk to Kids About: Disabilities

Disabilities. This is a very big word to use, even for adults. Today – when language, terms of references and respecting people of all abilities is more important than ever – it is never too early to talk to your kids about disabilities. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “disabilities” is a countable noun, which means a physical or mental condition wherein you’re unable to use a part of your body completely or easily, or where you cannot learn easily.

Tips for Homeschool Success

Year 2020 may have been the year of the pandemic. For us, however, it has been the year of homeschool success. We have been homeschooling our ASD child part-time for many years. Since the age of 4.5, Little Star attended a special needs school that only had classes twice a week. It was an ideal set up at the time, enabling us to run an extensive home-based play therapy programme.