Seren’s follower:
Can someone just hurry up and write a strategy guide so I can stop missing all the treasure chests with useful items that would make the game easier, only to realize where they were 5 levels too late!?”

Most neurodivergent folks turn to online content for “guides” to living and thriving.  Why?

We live in a neurotypical society, speaking the neurotypical language, interacting with each other in neurotypical ways and learning neurotypical skill sets from our families and the educational systems.  No one teaches first-time parents about proprioceptive undersensitivity or a first grader about executive functioning.  Then, underdiagnose autism is like playing a video game in hard mode in a foreign language that you don’t know and you just have to learn by trial and error and random clues that may or may not be irrelevant.

No one teaches this stuff in school.  The core education for therapists, psychologists, physicians, and such does not cover neurodivergent experiences.  The majority of the education involves the DSM-5 behavioural checklist and some may dig a little deeper into the pathology, function, and prognosis.  The majority of us rely on professional development after graduation to improve our competency around providing our clients with “the guides”.

So everyone, including the professionals, turns online for the “Have you experienced this?” or “Can you relate to this experience?” way of finding the answer.   When you meet services providers with multi-year waitlists, it is very likely that meet the following criteria: they are neurodivergent themselves, have neurodivergent children and spouses, and have a hyperfocus on neurodivergent lived experience.

At Cherish Clinic, we are all about the guides through lived experience:

Step 1: We can translate: When parents tell us “My kid keeps drinking pool water” into “When you go into the water, does your mouth “need sensations”?” And do you like puffing your cheeks with water and having the water flow out?”

Step 2: We can relate: “When I was little, I loved putting the entire garden hose in my mouth, filling it with water, and the water flowed out from the side of my mouth. How about you? “

Step 3: We can guide: “Sounds like there are specific sensory needs here. How about we experiment with these couple strategies to see what exactly these sensitivities are…” or “From what we know about their overall sensory profile, I am suspecting synesthesia as a possible factor. Let’s explore this…”

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