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Neurodiverse: A Poem

Updated: Jun 6, 2022

By: Jennifer Hepditch

What if we stopped trying to cure neurodiversity and instead created Self-Reg safe havens for diverse needs?

Neuroception differences

Environmental triggers (light, noise)

Under/over stimulation take away from homeostasis, drain my energy

Relationship safety cues help regulate him. This includes accepting his neurodiversity not trying to change it. Don't make him sit still or look you in the eye

Open your mind to creative solutions like microenvironments - sometimes tight spaces comfort me, sometimes I need movement, sometimes I need quiet, sometimes a creative outlet

Different does not mean deficient

Introception can be challenging for them. Help them notice what their body feels like when they're calm or when they're starting to get agitated

Verbal, non-verbal, augmentative and alternative communication. These are all valid ways to share a message

Executive function supports are stress reducers for me (eg., visual schedules)

Reframe my meltdowns and impulsivity as signs I'm overstressed

Stress reduction is how she feels safe

Everyone can thrive when we take a Self-Reg approach

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