Neurodiversity

How can a diagnosis be helpful: to assess my child or not?

Image source: Photo by Sebastian Pandelache on Unsplash   Why an assessment may be helpful? Is your child experiencing difficulties concentrating at school, establishing and maintaining friendships, or unable to meet their academic requirements? There may be more going on for your child than simply misbehaving or not fitting in. More often than not, children […]

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA): What is it? And how can we support individuals with a PDA profile?

Image source: https://sunshine-support.org/resources/#infographics   What is Pathological Demand Avoidance Pathological demand avoidance, or Pervasive Drive for Autonomy (PDA)*, is an anxiety-driven need for control and resistance to demands/expectations that threaten a sense of autonomy. Whilst everyone experiences demand avoidance at times (e.g., refusing to complete homework or household chores), for individuals with PDA, everyday demands […]

Learning Assessments: What, When, Why and How?

Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash   Has it been suggested that your child undergo a learning assessment? Are you unsure what a learning assessment involves or achieves? Your Mind Matters Psychology Services is here to help!   What are Learning Assessments? Learning assessments, also referred to as educational or psychoeducational assessments, are assessments that […]

A Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach: What Is It and How Can It Support Your Child(ren)?

Image source: https://www.onwardsandupwardspsychology.com.au/post/understanding-neurodiversity   What Is Neurodiversity?   In recent years, the neurodiversity movement has become increasingly prominent. Coined in the 1990s by Australian sociologist Judy Singer, the concept of neurodiversity acknowledges and embraces neurological differences i.e., variations in the way in which individuals interpret, process, and learn information. Neurodiversity can be broken down into […]