Divergent Thinkers will be a resource for individuals with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, NLD and “spectrum-like” issues and for families and those providing education, treatment or employment. I will share ideas and articles I think will be useful and practical, “nitty gritty” insights and information.
Often people are given these diagnoses without any real guidance about understanding themselves and about getting around in the world of others who think differently. Families (and schools or partners) get this diagnosis without having it translated into how it connects to what they experience, to their expectations, pride and frustrations.
There’s nothing wrong with a different way of thinking, but the world is predominantly what we call “neurotypical.” The rules of the neurotypical world have no on-line guide or youtube demonstrations and often don’t make sense. Families need to understand the “do’s” and “don’ts” of their relationships. Thinking differently can affect academics, organization, family life and job functioning. I find “Aspies,” those with NLD and others like them can struggle to succeed despite intelligence and talents. I’ve experienced the way the world, even the world of mental health professionals, fails to “get” them. It’s possible to make a positive difference, but only if divergent thinkers are understood.
I welcome questions, feedback, comments and experiences that add to my own ideas and that will help others.
About Dr. Eckerd:
Dr. Marcia Eckerd has been in practice as a licensed psychologist since 1985. She has been appointed by the State Legislature of CT as one of two treating clinicians to serve on the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council, and she is on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Aspergers and Autism Association of New England. She helped establish the Yale-Norwalk Hospital collaboration Pediatric Development and Therapy Center and is on the professional advisory board of Smart Kids with LD as well as the voluntary faculty in Psychiatry at Norwalk Hospital. She is in private practice providing therapy, consultations, neuropsychological evaluations, and social coaching.
Dr. Eckerd graduated from Yale University, BA magna cum laude and City University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her internship and fellowship were at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, White Plains, NY. She trained in neuropsychological assessment with Dr. Melvin Crosby at the Child Guidance Clinic of Stamford, and trained individually in mindfulness work at the Benson-Henry Institute, Mass General Hospital.