Best in Neurodiversity - Top 10 Blogs You Should Read in 2019

One thing many blogs on neurodiversity have in common: Sharing stories and experiences.

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Jul 23, 2019

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July 23, 2019
Charlotte Egeskov
Content Manager & Science Writer

Finding communities of people who understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with being neurodiverse or raising neurodiverse kids can make all the difference in the world. Many people first find these communities via the sincere stories of some of the incredible bloggers who write about neurodiversity.

Below you’ll find a list of 10 bloggers that we love. All of them have been chosen because of their genuine, relatable, and empowering stories, which all shed light on everyday life for neurodiverse people or families.

1. The Autism Page

Jade felt overwhelmed at first when her eldest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. Knowing about the power of sharing information, she set up The Autism Page to provide information and help for parents in similar situations.

Her son is non-verbal, so Jade often focuses on resources that support communication. She has also gathered invaluable tips for navigating paperwork around accessing autism support in the UK.

"There are lots of ways to support autistic children. Having said that finding the right therapies and support can be really difficult. I explore how to choose the right therapy in my post on autism therapies for young children at home. Personally I have found using visual aids makes a huge difference for my sons understanding." - Jade

Jade also wrote a helpful guide, "Recently Diagnosed?" filled with loads of tips for books, a collection of her most helpful blog posts on the subject, and other sources for those who have recently been diagnosed and the people supporting them.

2. Mummy Tries

Renée is a full-time mum of 3 children who documents both the highs and lows of her rollercoaster life. Renée writes about her family’s daily life, her own mental health, her oldest daughter's autism journey, and much more in her blog Mummy Tries.

"A mum who spent three solid years teetering on the edge of a mental breakdown. Forces into home education by an underfunded and uncaring school system. One who has been to the depths of hell and back - with challenging, violent behaviour and soul crushing sleep deprivation. If this rings bells for you, my words might just resonate." - Renée

We especially love her post "Autism Help: What has truly worked for my 10yo Daughter Since Her Diagnosis In 2015 And What "Advice" I've Ignored", which tells a story that many parents can no doubt relate to while fighting to try to find the best help for their child(ren).

3. Stories About Autism

Being the dad of 2 boys with autism can be very challenging. James writes his blog, Stories about Autism, to share his thoughts and experiences, which gives his readers a glimpse into what it feels like for him to raise his two sons with autism. He says that writing the blog helps give him the strength to become a better parent.

James wants to help others realise that they're not alone, as well as spread awareness around autism. Enjoy the genuine stories of him and his boys Tommy & Jude.


4. Steph's Two Girls

Steph is a 40-something mum of two girls who started blogging the day of her youngest daughter’s autism diagnosis. Since then, she’s told stories of their family life with a particular focus on her daughter’s sub-diagnosis of the Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profile of autism.

"The difficulty is that every person with autism is an individual. There is no ‘one size fits all’ with regards to strategies. I think the message to get out there is that it’s important to speak to anyone you meet and find out what matters to them, and how they like to be treated" - Steph

With 9 years of blogging under her belt, Steph raises awareness about autism in girls and the PDA profile, as well as shares stories about their everyday life with honesty about the delight and challenges that come along with it. Learn more about Steph and her two fantastic daughters at Steph's Two Girls.

5. The Journey Through Autism

Ethan was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism at only 2 years old. But that didn’t stop him from going to school or blogging and running his own business. He shares his unique story not only online but also offline on stage.

As a speaker, he wants to increase acceptance and inclusivity in all settings of a life with autism, especially for children and youth. Soak up his positive energy and check him out to spark joy in your day at The Journey Through Autism.

"I know that my mom and dad sometimes think that there isn’t anything that they can do to help me but in reality, they are already doing so much to help. They may not realize this, but their guidance, love, and support is what keeps me going". - Ethan

6. Autistic Not Weird

Award-winning writer, international speaker and special needs tutor with Asperger Syndrome, Chris launched Autistic Not Weird to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective.

His first uplifting book “What we love most about life” is designed to help autistic young people feel less alone. Growing up believing himself to be the weird kid until his diagnosis at age 25, he turned his attitude around and started defining himself by his strengths instead of his weaknesses, and in his writing encourages others to see their own strengths.

7. Rainbows are too beautiful

Rainbows are too beautiful is a blog by Ann who has 3 autistic and neurotypical children with diagnoses of Autism, ADHD, hypermobility, SPD, dyspraxia, anxiety and sleep issues. In trying to summarize their Ann quotes her son saying “Rainbows are too beautiful, I just can’t look at them”.

On her blog, Ann shares how her family interacts and interprets the world in their own wonderful way. She wants to raise awareness, promote understanding, discuss important challenges and offer support within the topics of Autism and neurodiversity.

"Autism certainly will not "pass". And I wouldn't want it to. It is an integral part of who my boys are and I love the whole of them. But it means some things aren't like the traditional parenting stages in our lives." - Ann

8. ADHD Boss

ADHD Boss is a blog run by Stefan, who has experienced all stages of living with ADHD. From being the rebellious class clown to not understanding why he struggled so much in certain classes, having risk-taking behaviour, impulsiveness and other challenges, he finally figured out a formula for living well with ADHD.

While Stefan received bad grades in most classes, he had As when it came to entrepreneurship and found that relentless drive is far more important than grades for ‘bossing’ with ADHD. With his blog, he wants to share this winning formula with everyone struggling, and give them some of the tools he needed to experience the upward spiral in life with ADHD like he did.

Stefan philosophy is that: if you can master your ADHD by learning everything about how it affects your brain and body, the future becomes yours.

9. Oh So Mummy

Oh So Mummy is a parenting and lifestyle blog by Laura, a mom to 3 kids, who in her own words is "winging it through motherhood". Laura keeps it very real on her blog where she talks about her iPad-watching kids, chicken nugget dinners and doesn’t hold back from the occasional swear when life is tough.

Laura blogs about life with her husband, her oldest son Jayden, who was diagnosed with ADHD and dyspraxia, her step-son Issac, and her baby boy Arlo.

"I was still in denial for several months after he had his diagnosis. He didn’t show the signs of ADHD, at least I didn’t think he did. When someone says ADHD, many people automatically think of a defiant, aggressive and just an all round naughty child. Thats what I had always thought ADHD was, but it isn’t just that. Jayden isn’t and never has been any of the above". - Laura

The above qoute is from Laura's "5 signs of ADHD that I missed" post where she highlights some of the lesser known signs of ADHD in order to educate others. Plus, Laura also has a gorgeous Instagram feed that you can feast your eyes upon right here.

10. Positive Thinking & ADHD

A motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, bestselling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD".

Although he knew his whole life he was different, he first was diagnosed at the age of 37. The diagnosis was liberating and eye-opening for him. Bryan does an incredible job of describing what undiagnosed ADHD can cause for an individual and how it feels. Motivated by the desire to help others and find the best way to live with ADHD, Bryan started ADDer World at Positive Thinking & ADHD.

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