Parenting

Removing the Disability Label from Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD and Other Cognitive Diversities

A child being unable to learn to read at the ‘normal’ rate is only an issue in a literate society. For the vast majority of human existence an inability to learn to read was not an issue at all. In fact if you go back, say 10,000 years, an ability to read would be abnormal.

This article looks at the issue of normality and disability. I put the case that the disability label comes from a faulty model of cognitive diversity. The disability label is damaging and gives the wrong impression. I present an arguement for change.

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Tips for Parenting a Dyslexic or Neurodiverse Child

Having your child diagnosed with dyslexia or one of the other neurodiverse traits can be a traumatic situation that often leads to the panic of what to do to help. Since every neurodiverse person is different, what to do can differ greatly. But beyond the issue of specific treatments and assists, there are some principles that you can follow that are universal.

This article focuses on practical advice for the parent(s) of a neurodiverse child based on my experience of parenting a child with dyslexia and ADHD.

Photo by Steven Van Loy on Unsplash
Photo by Steven Van Loy on Unsplash
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