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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 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....