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Neurodiversity
I’m so excited that my first novel came out this week!  It’s called Childless, and tells the story of a childless child psychologist named Harvey Sumner who tries to foil a U.S. government plot to remove childhood from the human genome.  That’s right!  No more childhood!  In the future, through genetic engineering, a person will...
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What is neurodiversity?  Is anybody really normal?  How can we address the strengths of those who’ve been labeled as ADHD, dyslexia, autism, bipolar, or schizophrenic?  Those are some of the questions that are addressed in a new Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio One program entitled: ”The Myth of Normal” which aired Part 1 on April 29,...
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One of the themes that I’ve sought to emphasize in my work in the field of neurodiversity is the idea that whether a person will be labeled as disordered or gifted may have more to do with when and where they were born rather than anything intrinsic to them as an individual.  I’ve found it...
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Nothing has been more disconcerting to me in my forty-five years as an educator than to ask a parent or teacher:  ”What is your child’s (or teen’s) strengths?” and have them answer:  ”He hasn’t got any.”  I’ve actually heard this several times in my career.  It was such responses that motivated me to come up...
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‘’Imagine with me for a moment that everyone in the world has been suddenly transformed into a flower.  Some of us are petunias, some are begonias, others of us are tulips, and some are daisies.  Now, I want you to imagine that in this culture of flowers, the psychiatrists are the roses. Let’s take a...
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