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A Neurodivergent Perspective

October 2018 to present

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...

November 3, 2017

You

You decide to meet friends for lunch.

You walk in and see them.

You sit down and begin enjoying their company. The environment feels welcoming.

You take in the soft buzz of sounds around you and the aromas of the foods, contemplating what you're in the mood for. You survey the menu and order your food.

You engage in conversation. When your food comes, you enjoy it and continue conversing with others.

You sit through the meal until the...

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