Neurodivergent vs. Neurodiverse

The terms “neurodiverse” and “neurodivergent” are related, but they have slightly different meanings. “Neurodiverse” refers to a place, not an individual. “Neurodivergent” is an umbrella term that is used to describe individuals with a wide range of neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other conditions that affect the way a person thinks, learns, […]

“Am I Autistic?” A Guide to Navigating Questioning Your Neurotype

Perhaps you’ve always had a suspicion. Maybe you know other neurodivergent people and recognise a lot of their traits in yourself. Or maybe someone in your life has suggested you may be Autistic. Whatever your reason, first of all, know that you are safe and welcome here, however you identify! If you think you may be Autistic, you might be wondering where to start to explore that idea – it can all seem a little overwhelming at first, and that’s okay!

What Does ‘Neurotypical’ Mean?

The word “neurotypical” is an informal term used to describe a person whose brain functions are considered usual or expected by society. This term is often applied to people who do not have a developmental disorder like autism, differentiating them from those who do. It is neither a mental disorder nor even an official diagnostic term.

A Review of Autism Screeners For Adults

The Autism Quotient (AQ) A standard screener for Autism includes 50 questions and measures how many Autistic traits a person has. Pros: It has been widely used in many populations and studies—one of the few screeners specifically created for Autistic adults without co-occurring intellectual disabilities. Cons: It may miss high-maskers, extroverted

Lost in Translation – The Social Language Theory of Neurodivergence

“Reality simply consists of different points of view.” -Margaret Atwood. We the neurodivergent are genetically different. We experience the world through a hypersensitive nervous system which informs every aspect of our thinking, our behavior, and our social values. The dominant social group labels our way of being in the world as disordered because they don’t understand us. Even though they don’t understand, the dominant culture controls the narrative about our differences.