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Neurodiversity May Not be as Atypical as You Think

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We all know someone who is a little different than everyone else we know. In fact, you probably know several people who you may think are 'quirky' or a little socially awkward. They 'dance to the beat of their own drum,' as my grandma used to say. Well, grandma wasn't familiar with neurodiversity, which is the concept that there are differences in the way that people's brains process information.  Neurodiversity considers the differences to be normal and not caused by diseases or health-related defects. Neurodiversity also recognizes many different types of behaviours and degrees of expression. ADHD, autism, Asperger's syndrome,...

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Types of Fidget Tools for Adults

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Anti-anxiety toys, also sometimes referred to as fidget tools, are often used at home and in classrooms to help kids self-regulate and calm anxiety throughout the day. Rather than being a distraction or annoyance in classrooms, fidget tools can help children focus, relax and maintain concentration. Fidget tools are not only stress relief for kids; adults can benefit as well. In fact, many adults fidget without even realizing it. Just take a look around at a group of adults gathered together and see what they are doing with their hands. Some people shred paper or tissues, bend paperclips into odd...

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Why Do Some Kids Chew Everything?

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Some kids don;t oseem to outgrow their need to chew on anything they can get their hands on. It can be a means of dealing with anxiety.

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What is Neurodiversity?

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Neurodiversity is a concept that some brains work differently and don't require correction or 'treatment'.

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Celebrating Life and Learning about Triggers

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Every year on March 15th, my sister, Lilly, and I send birthday wishes to my Mom (Lilly’s Oma) in the stars. The first few years we did a balloon release. After a few years I had read about the dangers to wildlife and the environment caused by balloon releases. So, last year we switched to flowers. We went to the pier in downtown Burlington and threw flowers into the water. Mom loved flowers so this was a perfect alternative. Afterwards, we drop Lilly off at daycare or a playdate and head for lunch.  This year I changed our tradition a...

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