The Fatherly Guide to Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is the view that brain differences are normal. People with autism, and learning disorders such as ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia don’t have deficits; they have a normal variation of the human brain. And no one type of brain is better than another.

The term, which was coined in the late 1990s by Judy Singer, an autistic sociologist, frames brain differences as unique strengths that society — including schools and workplaces — should appreciate. Rather than searching for cures, neurodiveristy suggests that society should change to better accommodate people across the range of brain differences and allow them to play to their strengths.

Neurodiversity is meant to make people with atypical ways of perceiving and interacting with the world feel accepted and normal, and not wrong or lesser than. And when parents understand their neurodivergent children in a context of acceptance and normalcy, kids have a better chance to grow and thrive.

Neurodiversity

It’s Time To Stop Calling Autism “Asperger’s”

ByMelaina Juntti

"Asperger's" hasn't been an official diagnosis since 2013. More recently, its namesake was outed as a Nazi sympathizer. It's time for the name to go.

Neurodiversity

6 Expert Strategies To Help Parents Understand Their Kid’s ADHD

ByMatt Schneiderman

Setting realistic expectations is key.

Neurodiversity

Could Nature Cure ADHD? Attention Restoration Theory Says Yes.

ByPatrick A. Coleman

Attention Restoration Theory suggests a future of ADHD treatment requiring little more than exposure to nature.

Neurodiversity

7 Things Parents Need To Know About ADHD In Children

ByPatrick A. Coleman

Common ADHD myths, debunked.

Neurodiversity

What Is Stimming And When Is It A Significant Child Behavior?

ByPatrick A. Coleman

Every child will engage in repetitive stimulating behaviors known as stimming — only a few will be autistic.

Neurodiversity

Inattentive ADHD Is A Quiet Crisis That’s Leaving Girls Behind

ByMelaina Juntti

A form of ADHD that shows itself in quiet, spacey, withdrawn children and adults usually flies under the radar. This is a problem.

Parenting

How Parents Can Manage A Child’s Obsessions And Fixations

ByLee Murray

Helping a kid manage childhood fixations begins with understanding whether their behaviors are true obsessions or simply healthy fascination in a loved activity.

Neurodiversity

When Should You Tell Your Kid About Their Autism? As Soon As Possible.

ByRachel Crowell

The earlier a child finds out about their autism, the better their quality of life.

Neurodiversity

Vitamins Could Actually Help Children With ADHD, Study Says

ByRachel Crowell

56% of kids who took micronutrients had less severe ADHD symptoms.

Neurodiversity

An Autism Meltdown Is Nothing Like a Temper Tantrum — Here’s Why

BySuzie Glassman

You definitely shouldn't react to them the same way.

Autism

3 Big Mistakes Parents Of Autistic Kids Make — And How To Avoid Them

ByRachel Crowell

Hint: Don't try and make them "less autistic."

Parenting

5 Ableist Words a Parent Should Never, Ever Say in Front of Their Kid

ByJulia Métraux

These phrases hurt the disability community.

Parenting

How to Spot Autism Masking in Kids — And What to Do About It

ByRachel Crowell

When autistic kids feel like they have to act differently to fit in, their mental health suffers.

Health

ADHD and Autism Aren’t The Same, But They Are Closely Related

ByRachel Crowell

What to know — and do — if you think your child may be showing signs of one or both conditions.

Health

“Special Needs” Is a Euphemism That Hurts Disabled Kids

ByRachel Crowell

Disabled people have called for the end of the term. Research shows the harm it causes.

Parenting

Neurodiversity Helps Parents Understand the Atypical Ways Kids Think

ByFatherly

Children who have conditions such ADHD and autism have different types of brains, so they think in atypical ways. That's not a bad thing.