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Ingredients of Self-Advocacy

Ingredients of Self-Advocacy

Ingredients of Self-Advocacy Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast – Episode 30 by Adina Levy Self-advocacy is not as simple as just learning one skill or one isolated thing. In the neurodiversity affirming world and in the therapy world, we love talking about...
Autism minus the stigma

Autism minus the stigma

Autism minus the stigma   by Adina Levy Imagine a life where a core part of your identity is something most people misunderstand. Imagine a life where a core part of your identity is something that many people are afraid of, even to say the word. Imagine a life...
A thing can be two things

A thing can be two things

A thing can be two things   by Adina Levy We’re complex humans. Living in a complex world with many other complex humans and countless other variables. Life simply isn’t so cut-and-dry and many of the handy, catchy single lines that many...
WHY is this behaviour change needed or expected?

WHY is this behaviour change needed or expected?

WHY is this behaviour change needed or expected?   by Adina Levy Behaviour. Behaviour support. Behavioural challenges. ABA, Positive Behaviour Support… These are MORE loaded terms and concepts (following on from last week’s email where I talked about...
What’s next for the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast?

What’s next for the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast?

What’s next for the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast? Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast – Episode 27 by Adina Levy   Complete the 3 minute podcast survey to help me plan 2024! playlearnchat.com/survey   Neurodivergent business owners, please join...
Why multimodal communication isn’t optional

Why multimodal communication isn’t optional

Why multimodal communication isn’t optional by Adina Levy First up, let’s get clear on what multimodal communication is: Multimodal communication is when you combine different modes of communication. That might include speech, visuals, gestures, writing,...
The Role of ‘Play’ in Speech Therapy

The Role of ‘Play’ in Speech Therapy

The Role of ‘Play’ in Speech Therapy by Adina Levy Ever wondered about the role ‘play’ has in speech therapy, especially for our beautiful autistic children? Well, let’s address the question: Is there a right or wrong way to play? The...
Should PLAY be a goal? Or an activity?

Should PLAY be a goal? Or an activity?

Should PLAY be a goal? Or an activity? by Adina Levy What is the role of play in therapy for autistic children? This is a question that comes up time and time again. Many of us have done training over the years to learn about how to “teach play”. In my...
8 Ways to Do Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy

8 Ways to Do Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy

8 Ways to Do Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast – Episode 13 by Adina Levy Show Notes: I’m sharing 8 key ways you can do Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy – You can find all of the points I discuss on the free PDF...
The core of self-advocacy – your needs are VALID!

The core of self-advocacy – your needs are VALID!

The core of self-advocacy – your needs are VALID! by Adina Levy This podcast episode ‘NeuroAccessibility & being a Neurodivergent Parent’ is a wonderful, meandering chat with my friend Annie Crowe, who is a Neurodivergent Empowerment Coach,...
Things not to say to kids: “Don’t be silly”

Things not to say to kids: “Don’t be silly”

Things not to say to kids: “Don’t be silly” by Adina Levy Things not to say to kids, that I’ve heard (and almost said myself, recently!): “Don’t be silly” Children (everyone) need their emotions validated to develop emotional...
My journey to identification as an Autistic ADHDer⁠

My journey to identification as an Autistic ADHDer⁠

My journey to identification as an Autistic ADHDer⁠ by Adina Levy I love sharing and reflecting on my personal experiences as a neurodivergent, late-identified person, and blending that in with clinical experience and training that I share with parents &...
Speech is not better

Speech is not better

Speech is not better by Adina Levy All communication is OK, and valid. Speech (a.k.a mouth words, a.k.a ‘verbal’ communication but this terminology should be phased out – see below) is not better than non-speech communication.   For some people, speech is...
Sometimes…

Sometimes…

Sometimes by Adina Levy I teach a lot about the idea of SOMETIMES. Sometimes it’s a great idea to narrate what your child is doing so they can hear interesting words and language.   Sometimes it’s appropriate to be silent and let your child have quiet space....
3 ideas to help your fussy eater

3 ideas to help your fussy eater

3 ideas to help your fussy eater (and help your whole family!) by Adina Levy  A family I’m working with shared this with me today: “My son doesn’t try new foods and I have to cook 2 meals for the whole family” Sound familiar?  Here...