The Divergent Voice

Pathological Demand Avoidance Checklist

By: Julie Landry

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is characterized by an intense, anxiety-fueled resistance to the everyday demands of life. In adults, PDA often presents as an overpowering desire to maintain control over their environment and a tendency to steer clear of tasks that provoke stress.

Understanding PDA in Adults

By: Julie Landry

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a term gaining recognition in the neurodivergent community, particularly within the broader spectrum of autism. PDA was first discussed in the 1980s by the psychologist Professor Elizabeth Newson.

Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices Across All Spaces

By: Dani Rodwell

Why neurodiversity affirming practices should apply across all contexts including neurodiversity affirming education, workplaces, and social settings.

Reasons for Late Diagnosed Autism in Females

By: NeuroSpark Health

Reasons for diagnosed autism in females, and why woman pursue autism asssessment in adulthood

Neurospark | Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria Test

By: NeuroSpark Health

An overview of rejection sensitive dysphoria and NeuroSpark’s own Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria Test.

How to Deal with RSD

By: NeuroSpark Health

Tips about understanding, navigating, and dealing with rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD)

Sensory Processing Disorder Test and Explanation

By: NeuroSpark Health

All about sensory processing disorder and sensory processing disorder test

Doing Therapy While Drowning: Or Why Autistic Clients Need Autistic Therapists

By: Tasha Raella

From kindergarten through high school, I worked with an orientation and mobility specialist so I could learn unfamiliar routes. I had few close friendships, because of blindness or autism or both, and often my teachers and aide were my primary sources of closeness throughout the day.

​​How to bring up autism to a therapist

By: NeuroSpark Health

It’s remarkable how many people have suspicions that they might be autistic, but they don’t know how (or don’t feel comfortable) to bring up autism with their therapist.

What is AuDHD

By: NeuroSpark Health

AuDHD is a term that many members of the neurodivergent community use to describe the experience of being both autistic and ADHD. AuDHD is not a clinical term, and it doesn’t appear in the DSM, but it is a lived experience term created by the community that is both short and sweet.

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