Feedback sessions can be very talk-heavy.
Even if I am diligent about using the child’s words, it still can be a lot of language for a young person to process!
To help, I started collecting child-friendly videos, graphics, books, celebrity profiles, and websites that relate to specific diagnoses and the power of neurodiversity. You can find them all in the spreadsheet below.
These resources are not only helpful for the child, but are also powerful tools to jumpstart ongoing conversations with parents and caregivers in a positive and empowering way.
For example, when I show My 10 Favorite Things About Having ADHD, parents often spontaneously point to the screen and say, “That’s so true! You’re generous/spontaneous/funny/forgiving, too!”
I tend to show these visuals at the end of the feedback session, once we’ve introduced the diagnosis or “helpful words” to the child. It’s a positive and fun way to end the session and…
It’s a way to let them know they’re not alone.
Here are a few of the links from the spreadsheet below that I use most often:
- Welcome to the Autistic Community
- See Dyslexia Differently
- Why do we lose control of our emotions?
- ADHD Comics
- Famous People with Learning Differences
This is a living document so please reply to this email if you have a resource to add.
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