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

3 Factors That Decidedly Do Not Cause Autism

ByRachel Crowell

Autism rates are increasing. Experts are scrambling to entirely understand why. What they do know so far is what doesn’t cause autism.

Neurodiversity

The Difference Between Signs Of Developmental Delay Vs. Autism

ByPatrick A. Coleman

Before parents leap to the conclusion that their child is on the spectrum, it’s important to look into these diagnostic mimics.

Neurodiversity

How To Discipline A Child With ADHD

ByJulia Savacool

Helping kids learn right from wrong is hard enough. Throw ADHD into the mix and you’ve got the makings of a perfect storm.

Neurodiversity

The Push To Separate Autism From Sensory Processing Disorder

ByEleanor Cummins

At the heart of the push to make sensory processing disorder separate from autism is a call for neurodivergent nuance — and diagnoses that empower parents.

Neurodiversity

So Your Kid's Been Diagnosed With Autism. Now What?

ByRachel Crowell

How to manage your emotions about the diagnosis, access autism support services, and more.

Neurodiversity

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.

Neurodiversity

The Genetic Reason Why Autistic People Repeat Themselves

ByLauren Vinopal

A new study sheds light.

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.

Child Development

Your Kid’s Brain Development In The First 1,000 Days: A Cheat Sheet

ByMelaina Juntti

The brain develops faster through the first 1,000 days of life than at any other time. Here's what you need to know.

Neurodiversity

7 Ways To Motivate A Kid With ADHD To Do Homework And Chores

ByHaley Weiss

Start by meeting your kid where they are — and really listen to what they’re telling you.

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.