Becoming A Neurodiverse-Affirming Parent
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
2w ago
You want to do everything you can to support your neurodiverse child. That is why you’re here reading this blog, educating yourself, and seeking the skills to be a great parent for your child. I’ve worked with many parents and families of autistic children, teens, and adults. And I’ve been able to see so many people put in the work to learn more and become a better parent for their child.… The post Becoming A Neurodiverse-Affirming Parent appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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Holding Space for Yourself and Others Through LGBTQ+ Violence
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
1M ago
Recent events have highlighted a larger pattern of violence against the LGBTQ+ community. This pattern affects everyone in the community, including neurodiverse individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Whether or not you have been “directly” impacted by violence or discrimination, the threat of violence undoubtedly impacts the way that LGBTQ+ people walk through the world.… The post Holding Space for Yourself and Others Through LGBTQ+ Violence appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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What is Neurodiverse-Affirming Therapy?
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
1M ago
People who identify as being autistic, neurodiverse, or having neurodiverse traits are well aware of the pressures to fit into neurotypical standards. Whether at school, work, with family, or with friends, there is often an expectation that neurodiverse individuals should mask their neurodiverse traits to fit in. And unfortunately, this expectation has historically been prevalent within the world of mental health and therapy as well.… The post What is Neurodiverse-Affirming Therapy? appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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My Teen Won’t Go to Therapy: How Can I Help Them
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
2M ago
All parents want what’s best for their children. As a parent, you want your child to live a joyful and fulfilling life. And, you want to provide the support they need to do that. You want to protect your child from being hurt, misunderstood, or rejected. This is true of all parents, and for parents of neurodiverse children and teens, the need to protect your child can feel especially strong.… The post My Teen Won’t Go to Therapy: How Can I Help Them appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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How to Support Neurodiverse Employees Once They’re on the Job
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
10M ago
In our first part of a two-part series on supporting neurodiverse employees, we talked about neurodiversity-friendly hiring practices. Today we are going to talk more about how to support your neurodiverse employees who are already on the job. Or, after the hiring process. It is vital to support your neurodiverse employees as you would support any employee.… The post How to Support Neurodiverse Employees Once They’re on the Job appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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Autism and Extroversion
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
10M ago
There are so many assumptions and stereotypes about autism and almost all of them are harmful in some way. One that I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is the assumption that all autists are introverts and don’t like people. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Introversion and autism are NOT the same things!… The post Autism and Extroversion appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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How the IFS Model Explains Medical Mistrust in Women with Autism
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
10M ago
Your hands get clammy and you can’t stop shaking your leg. You know you need to stay present, but you keep going inward and freezing. Your brain seems to be running in slow motion or too fast, and you can’t process anything that’s said. If this sounds familiar as a woman with autism, trust me.… The post How the IFS Model Explains Medical Mistrust in Women with Autism appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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Autistic in the Workplace: Dealing with Mistreatment as a Neurodiverse Employee
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
1y ago
You’re neurodiverse, and finally realizing that it is a superpower more than a “disability.” Now if your boss would only see it that way. You may have asked for accommodations in the past only to have your request brushed aside by your boss or HR. The accommodations you need may have been seen as unnecessary.… The post Autistic in the Workplace: Dealing with Mistreatment as a Neurodiverse Employee appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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Assumptions About Neurodiversity
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
1y ago
“But you don’t SEEM neurodiverse!” “Don’t all autistic people have sensory issues?” “But you have so many friends. . .” We all make assumptions based on our knowledge of a topic. The less knowledge we have, the more assumptions we make. This makes it difficult for the people around us who are different. … The post Assumptions About Neurodiversity appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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Identifying Your Strengths as a Neurodivergent Individual
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by Dr. Tasha Oswald
1y ago
“I’m flawed, broken, defective.”  These are common sentiments voiced by individuals with autism. It’s very common for neurodivergent individuals to downplay the strengths they possess. This is very understandable after years of invalidation and feelings of shame. But, as an autism therapist, I am in an incredibly unique position to witness the profound strengths my neurodivergent clients have. … The post Identifying Your Strengths as a Neurodivergent Individual appeared first on Tasha Oswald ..read more
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