Young, Autistic and ADHD: 4 Days to go until publication!
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by Sarah boon
4d ago
If you have been following me on social media, then you would have been well aware that I have been posting about the publication of my first book ‘Young, Autistic and ADHD: Moving into adulthood when you’re multiply-neurodivergent’ A LOT. However, it not every day you have a book published and I am just so excited (but also slightly nervous). I want to make sure that all who might be interested reading the book can hear about it, so please spread the word to any young autistic ADHDers (or AuDHDers) who may be interested. I wrote this book with the insights I have now, that my younger AuDHDer ..read more
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9 things I’d like my younger neurodivergent self to know.
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by Sarah boon
2w ago
For those of us who have always been neurodivergent, but discover that we are when we are adults, we can have a lot of feelings about how things could have been. Although this is something I have made peace with now, there are still things I wish my younger self knew about being neurodivergent.  Life will be better after school.   Yes school is a miserable hell hole, and you are not being listened to. Everyone is being dismissive about your experiences and I know you are internalising this as a you problem but it really is not. School is failing in their duty of care to you an ..read more
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Autism training by non-autistic people? What is that all about!
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by Sarah boon
2M ago
Every now, and then I’ll be browsing on social media and a conversation that comes up among autistic people is when autism training is delivered by non-autistic people. Historically, autism training was always delivered by professionals with no autistic involvement. Although this is starting to change, I still suspect that a lot (if not the majority) of autism training nowadays is delivered and created by non-autistics. Across different jobs, I’ve had my fair share of autism training. Some are better than others, but I’ve seen firsthand how poor these training sessions can be. Quite frankly, I ..read more
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Does neuro-affirming always live up to what it’s cracked up to be?
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by Sarah boon
5M ago
Having been in neurodivergent spaces for a while now, I’ve been noticing a new term ‘neuro-affirming’ is increasingly being used in the last year or so. Although I am not aware of a formal definition of neuro-affirming that exists – the general consensus seems to be that neuro-affirming is an approach used in professional practice (such as therapy) that does not try to fix neurodivergent people into being neurotypical. Instead, somebody who is ‘neuro-affirming’ recognises neurodivergent people as part of the natural diversity of human minds and that each of us will have our own strengths and c ..read more
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Our dehumanisation continues after death
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by Sarah boon
6M ago
Autistics being dehumanised is nothing new. In fact, most information out there about autism and the history of autism research is full of dehumanisation. However, this week has shown us that being dehumanised for being autistic may not necessarily end when we take our last breath. A few days ago, controversial autism researcher Simon Baron-Cohen announced his latest study where he is analysing the private diaries of a 16-year-old autistic girl who died by suicide. Baron Cohen shares on Twitter.   Thanks Jonathan for sharing Caitlyn's diary with us so we can better understand what ..read more
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How the UK government’s attendance policy is harmful: a neurodivergent perspective 
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by Sarah boon
6M ago
School attendance policies have always been a sticking point with many neurodivergent people, as lots of us could not attend school for reasons beyond our control. Some of us (and our parents) would have faced unfair consequences as a result of low attendance during school. However, often it’s not due to us “skiving”.  Fresh after the Christmas break, the UK government published propaganda around school attendance, which rightly made a lot of neurodivergent people angry, as it was completely ignorant of our experiences in the education system. Below are some examples of the propaganda put ..read more
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I’ve published my first academic paper!
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by Sarah boon
7M ago
Hello everyone, My post will be rather brief today, but that’s because I have more of an update rather than a longer blog post. This week, a paper I co-authored on was published in a journal! It’s a true pinch me moment. Growing up, I was not considered academic and instead received the backhanded complement of “she tries hard but…….”. Fast forward to today and I suspect my academic accolades are higher than the adults who made those comments about me back then, so I will admit I am feeling slightly smug about it (hehe). Seriously though, I’m very grateful to have opportunities later on where ..read more
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How I wrote a book while being neurodivergent
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by Sarah boon
8M ago
2023 has been a bit of a rollercoaster year to say the least! (Although most of the chaos stemmed from 2022, and rolled over into this year). During all the chaos I finally finished writing my first book! It is currently being fine tuned by the editors, ready for publication in 2024! Once the publication date has been firmly set in stone, I will be sharing with you all on here.  But in the meantime, I thought it is important to talk about how I actually managed to write a book, as the disabling side of my neurodivergence does make writing a lot more challenging compared to most, especiall ..read more
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I’m available for hire! Need help with improving your understanding of autism and neurodiversity?
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by Sarah boon
9M ago
Hello, me again! Many of you reading this will know me from either my writing on this blog or my various posts about being an autistic ADHDer on social media. Alongside my writing and social media posts, I have provided support for fellow neurodivergent people and their families, and designed and delivered training related to autism and neurodiversity to professionals as part of my day job. I also work on a freelance basis to help individuals/organisations improve their understanding of autism and neurodiversity to boost their confidence when working with neurodivergent people. The services I ..read more
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What being autistic taught me about people’s obsession with resilience
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by Sarah boon
9M ago
Something we see a lot of in today’s society is an obsession of resilience and demands from people to ‘be more resilience’; particularly so from people with power over others. E.g. a school teacher telling a child’s parents that ‘they need more resilience in the classroom’ without considering why a child may be struggling at first. Although many people both in real life and online would agree with the general narrative around people not being ‘resilient’ enough nowadays, to me all this talk about ‘resilience’ is bullshit. Why you may ask? Well because I have been that person that is seen as no ..read more
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