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Book Review: ‘Strength not Deficit’ Reviewed by Dawn Mills

Posted by on 3 Mar, 2024 in Mental Health |

Book Review: ‘Strength not Deficit’ Reviewed by Dawn Mills

Like Jane McNeice, I too discovered myself as Autistic in 2021. I did what Autistic people do; became obsessed with the stories of my late identified neurokin, especially the women, and the academic research behind our differences. Jane’s was a story I identified with closely, helped me feel less alone and strengthened my resolve to do my little bit to help find other ‘lost girls’ too. Jane’s new book extends beyond the journey toward identification as autistic; giving us a guided tour of her...

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Misdiagnosed mentally ill, late diagnosed #ActuallyAutistic. by Jane McNeice

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health |

Misdiagnosed mentally ill, late diagnosed #ActuallyAutistic. by Jane McNeice

I was diagnosed Autistic with suspected Dyscalculia at age 45 in 2021, then my 26 year old daughter two months later, then my 8 year old son three months after that. All of us were missed by well over 100 health, social care, and educational professionals who had the chance first. My daughter was pregnant at age 15 (imagine how many ‘professionals’ move in on a family at that point!). I self-identified in the end, then parent-identified my children before assessment. I wrote our story down....

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The Umbrella Picker

Posted by on 5 Aug, 2022 in Mental Health |

The Umbrella Picker

This is the 7 year old girl who felt lost, lonely, ugly, and unlovable. She doesn’t yet know she will wait another 38 years to find the reason for those feelings… At the age of 45 she will find the answer to her ‘Why?’ She will learn that she is different, but not wrong. She will learn that she experiences the world in a different way, through a different brain type, and has different needs which must be met if she is to stay well. Needs that won’t be met up until that point. She will...

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Breaking Myths About Neurodiversity

Posted by on 15 Jun, 2022 in Mental Health |

Breaking Myths About Neurodiversity

The benefits of cognitive diversity at work The term neurodiversity is a relatively new concept at work. Although challenging, establishing a neurodiverse workplace offers significant benefits. What is neurodiversity? Neurodiversity at work Neurodiversity for competitive advantage Applicable legislation for employers Neurodiverse hiring Supporting neurodiverse employees Neurodiversity is a relatively new expression that refers to variations in how a typical human brain responds to sociability,...

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Book Review: Is that Clear? Effective communication in a neurodiverse world, By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 3 Nov, 2021 in Mental Health |

Book Review: Is that Clear? Effective communication in a neurodiverse world, By Jane McNeice

According to the National Autistic Society and UK Adult Psychiatric Morbidity data, over 1 in 100 people are diagnosed as Autistic. This figure is likely to be a gross under-estimate of actual Autistic people given the number of non-diagnosed Autistic people. Females are particularly under-represented in the statistics for various reasons resulting in the thousands of ‘Lost Girls’, of which I am one. I was late diagnosed Autistic on 22nd June this year at the age of 45. A recent online survey...

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