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A Neurodivergent Perspective

October 2018 to present

December 15, 2017

In recent discussions, both in-person and on Twitter, it has become clear that helping loved ones with SPD find comfort in this overstimulating world can be difficult.

So here are 12 things you can do to support loved ones with SPD.

It’s something you can give for the holidays. And it’s free!

1. Try to understand their way of thinking, and don’t always expect them to understand yours. Those with SPD are already adjusting too much to...

December 1, 2017

Attending events and social gatherings is difficult for me. Which makes even the thought of the holiday season overwhelming. I feel the joy that the holidays bring, being with loved ones and being thankful, and I want to participate as much as possible. I want to celebrate.

But I have to be careful.

Because of SPD, I need to pace myself. I can’t attend everything, and I need to be aware of what will happen to me after I do attend.

I...

November 17, 2017

With the upcoming holiday, food is on my mind.

Having SPD affects my digestion and overall gut health, so I have to eat mainly gluten-free and plant-based in order to feel good. Which is really difficult during social events and even more difficult during holidays.

No one, including me, really wants to eat a tofu turkey.

Around the holidays, I am surrounded by things I want to eat, but know I shouldn't. Like breads, cheeses, dips and...

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