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  • Ableism - A system that places value on people’s bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normality, intelligence, excellence, desirability, and productivity. These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in anti-Blackness, eugenics, misogyny, colonialism, imperialism and capitalism.This form of systemic oppression leads to people and society determining who is valuable and worthy based on a person’s … Continue reading Glossary
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  • Bodymind - Bodymind: A term used to challenge the idea the body and mind are experienced separately (Descartes). Written in various ways, Bodymind or Body-mind, this usage foregrounds the understanding that experiences of the bodymind are integrated (Price) Terminology | Critical Disability Studies Collective Bodymind is a materialist feminist disability studies concept from Margaret Price that refers … Continue reading Glossary
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  • Meltdown - A meltdown is not a tantrum. It is not attention-seeking. It is a response to overwhelm, anxiety, and stress. If I meltdown, the best thing you can do is be present, patient, calm, quiet, and compassionate. Meltdowns are tidal waves of sensory overwhelm. Try not to add to the overwhelm. “But I’m tortured because whilst I … Continue reading Glossary
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  • Neuroception - Neuroception = instantaneous, subconscious processing of safety and risk Neuroception and the 3 Part Brain | by Trauma Geek | Age of Awareness | Medium Safety cues move us up the ladder. Danger cues move us down the ladder. This is a subconscious neurological process called neuroception. How to Use The Polyvagal Ladder PDF (Instant … Continue reading Glossary
  • Neurodivergent - Neurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.” Neurodivergent is quite a broad term. Neurodivergence (the state of being neurodivergent) can be largely or entirely genetic and innate, or it can be largely or entirely produced by brain-altering experience, or some combination of … Continue reading Glossary
  • Neurodiversity - Neurodiversity is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species. NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a belief, a political position, or a paradigm. That’s the neurodiversity paradigm (see below), not neurodiversity itself. Neurodiversity is not a political or social activist movement. That’s the Neurodiversity Movement (see … Continue reading Glossary
  • Niche Construction - Positive Niche Construction–practice of differentiating instruction for the neurodiverse brain Neurodiversity in the Classroom Positive niche construction is a strengths-based approach to educating students with disabilities.  Reimagining Inclusion with Positive Niche Construction Niche Construction In Nature: Helping to ensure the thriving of an organism by directly modifying the environment in such a way that it … Continue reading Glossary
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  • Stimming - Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects  Stimming – Wikipedia “Stimming is a way that we can help ourselves feel calm, soothed, or focused, but it can also be a huge source of joy and beauty.” What Applied Behavioral Analysis Gets Wrong … Continue reading Glossary

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