Category: Neurodivergence

  • What’s My Why?
  • Mourning Would…

    Mourning Would…

    Faced with loss, it’s natural to assume that grief and mourning follow. For many folks, mourning is a process with steps like denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. For lots of neurodivergent people, reconciling with loss might look really different. In this post, I’m going to try and relate how I’ve been processing my loss…

  • The Pandemic

    The Pandemic

    TL;DR: Since August 2023, I’m navigating major changes in career and living — new job, return to pre-xAPI career track, newly single again (fallout from locking down during the pandemic) and a return to living in Chicago. MakingBetter was always hard Late in 2013, having worked with Jason Early previously, I developed a clear branding…

  • Stimming 101

    Stimming 101

    How many of us pick at or even bite our fingernails, twirl our hair, bounce one (or both) legs or drum on things with our fingers or hands? All these and more are examples of behaviors most everyone has. For autistics, stimming is a key tool in diffusing, even expelling excess energy, anxiety and intrusive…

  • From a Meltdown to Complex PTSD

    From a Meltdown to Complex PTSD

    There’s so much I want to share about what I’ve learned that’s affirmative, but a lot of coaching conversations online start when people feel isolated, helpless and adrift. Burnout, specifically an Autistic Burnout or Meltdown, is what generally describes the conditions when someone with autism can no longer mask their autism, can no longer participate…

  • Treading Water

    Treading Water

    Like John Wick, I want to serve. I want to be of service. I’m not motivated to write (or speak) simply to see or hear my own words. So, as loud and full of energy as I can get, I can also get very quiet.

  • Lambdas vs. Deltas

    Lambdas vs. Deltas

    When I talk about analyzing things for deltas, I’m looking at the change in value. Before I analyze things for deltas, though, I’m looking for changes in the “shape” of the information (or data) — which are lambdas.

  • We’re Always Managing Through Change

    We’re Always Managing Through Change

    To make work a safe place where people feel like they belong, such words need to be backed up with deeds that account for what different folks might need; specifically folks who process information in different ways, at different speeds and intervals. That’s not just the neurodiverse; that’s everyone with communication differences (linguistic, cultural, technical…

  • On Being Autistic

    On Being Autistic

    I’m the sort of guy who gets upset when people run stop signs and turn on red when there’s clearly a “No Turn on Red” sign. People who don’t stop rarely fail to stop… they’re not even trying. They endanger anyone who happens to be walking and has the right of way. These traffic rules…