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30 Things I’m Thankful I Learned about Neurodiversity


 I’ve been on a journey discovering my neurodiversity all 37 years of my life, and while I can’t say the journey has been easy, during the last two years, I’ve really started to understand what it means to be neurodivergent. For better or for worse, I am and always will be. And while on difficult days I wish things were different, I am learning the strength in my differences. And in myself. And I have a lot to be thankful for.



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Tactile Defensiveness: Never Fully Dressed with a Smile

I recently bought a new pair of slippers because the pair I had been wearing were falling apart so badly that it became difficult to walk in them. I came home, put my new slippers on, cut the tags off and threw my old slippers into the garbage. Something I never do. Usually, it takes me days, sometimes even weeks, to adjust to something new to wear. It sits in my closet until one day, I feel prepared to give it a go. And I should have known better than to throw out my old slippers. Because I needed more time to decide if wearing the new ones was something I could handle.



Mental Health

How Having a Sensory Diet Helps Sensory Processing

I read about having a sensory diet a few years before I started one, and I wish I would've started one right away, but I didn’t understand how drastically it would improve my life. Then my occupational therapist (OT) helped me understand that engaging my senses often throughout the day would help me stay regulated. Help me stay in my body and avoid dissociating. A concept that was new to me. I never knew I had been leaving.



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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): 10 Things My Parents and I Wish We Would Have Known

As a baby, I had colic. I would cry no matter what my parents did. As a toddler, I would rip my clothes off, screaming and thrashing until I was free from them. As a child, I became quickly overwhelmed. By lights, sounds, smells. By groups of people. I wouldn’t eat most foods. I would only sit in certain seats at restaurants. I would have meltdowns on a daily basis.