Rachel Crowell

Rachel Crowell is a freelance reporter for Fatherly who covers neurodiversity, particularly autism and ADHD in children. Rachel also reports on general science and health, from hangovers to hair loss.

Rachel writes about math and science for publications such as Scientific American, Science News, Quanta Magazine, Nature Careers and APS News. Rachel, who was a 2015 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Oregonian, earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @writesRCrowell.


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

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


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

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


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

Breakdowns in communication set children who have ADHD up to fail.

Going Bald

What Causes Hair Loss? And How To Stop It Before You Go Bald

In a market flooded with hair loss “solutions,” beware of ineffective and unproven treatments.


How To Navigate The Adderall Shortage If Your Kid Has ADHD

What to do if you can’t find a pharmacy that has your child’s ADHD medication in stock.


ADHD Diagnosis Is Twice As Likely For Youngest Kids In Class, Study Says

The youngest kids were also 80% more likely to be prescribed ADHD medication.


Vitamins Could Actually Help Children With ADHD, Study Says

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


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

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


3 Factors That Decidedly Do Not Cause Autism

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


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

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


How To Spot Autism Masking In Kids — And What To Do About It

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

Getting Old

Do Hangovers Really Get Worse With Age?

What seems like common knowledge — that getting older means hangovers get worse — doesn’t really hold up on close inspection.


“Special Needs” Is A Euphemism That Hurts Disabled Kids

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