Neurodiversity Affirming Resources
The Neurodivergent Woman - Monique Mitchelson is an Autistic/ADHD Australian Clinical Psychologist and Michelle Livock is an Australian Neuropsychologist who work with neurodivergent clients. The podcast is about sharing information on neurodiversity in girls and women and how to navigate the neurotypical world. They cover topics such as getting a diagnosis, mental health, therapeutic strategies and finding the right therapist for you.
Embrace Autism - self-identifies as the 'Ultimate Autism Resource' and contains reliable science-based tests if you're wondering whether you have an Autistic brain style. Also contains very useful information about Autistic superpowers (strengths) and kryptonite (difficulties): www.embrace-autism.com
The identity theory of Autism - Autistic identities are created from an individual's values, interests and experiences (an experientially constructed identity), whereas neurotypical identities are created from an individual's social relationships and belonging to a collective group (a socially constructed identity). ***This is a great article for Autistic people who have not understood why they have been accused of being rude or disrespectful for consistently behaving with integrity and in accordance with their values.
Autistic peer-to-peer information transfer is highly effective - the Crompton et al., 2020 research study found that Autistic people communicate well with other Autistic people, non-Autistic people communicate well with other non-Autistic people and it is communication between neurotypes (Autistic with non-Autistic) that causes difficulties. This study challenged the traditional assumptions of Autistic people having inherent 'social impairments' and 'communication deficits' as communication difficulties between neurotypes were found to be bi-directional. I.e. non-Autistic people are just as 'impaired' or 'deficient' when they communicate with Autistic people.
Kristy Forbes is an Autistic Australian Neurodiversity and Autism Support Specialist. She is a mum to 4 Autistic kids. She also has a Demand Avoidance (or PDA) profile, which is an additional challenge for some Autistic people.