Neurodivergence is “having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”” (quote from Nick Walker’s blog)
That does not mean that to be neurodivergent is uncommon, just that the dominant societal stand of normal is different than what you are.
Part of the work of becoming Autistic is learning to see yourself in a new way and accepting that you are valuable and acceptable, just as you are. This has been a large part of the self care I have been doing over the past year. It is, I suppose, self love in action.
I’d like to talk about stress, and how I am learning to manage stress in my life. First, let’s make sure we all understand what I mean when I say stress. I feel like societally we understand stress as an inherently negative thing. That is not the way I see it.
You can listen to this article by clicking here (link will open in a new window). Many thanks to Alex of The NeurodiveCast for recording this article.
In my article “Behaviour Management” I said,
“There is a different way to support change in a child’s behaviour than imposing our own will over theirs. It begins with letting go of the temptation to manage behaviours, and replace it with the goal of meeting needs.“