“In many intellectual movements, the pioneers are unreconstructed and immoderate; it is left to the next generation to temper and qualify and blend in what is useful from other theories.” -Alfie Kohn


Humans are not perfect, and they often created flawed content.  There are aspects of many of these sources that I do not fully agree with.  Problems with some of these works include: poor use of words, publishers who may be unethically profiting from work, materials that are created by writers who have personal beliefs I do not agree with, overgeneralizations based on personal experiences, and subpoints that are just plain wrong.  However, I am choosing to include each of these sources because I believe that the good parts make these writings worth the read. Additionally, the neurodivergent world is highly diverse and filled with many opinions. Reading literature you do not agree with can sometimes help you develop and refine your own personal beliefs, and nurture your growth.


Amen, Daniel G. Healing Add: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the Six Types of Attention Deficit Disorder. Berkley Books, 2002.

Buron, Kari Dunn. A 5 Is Against the Law!: Social Boundaries: Straight Up! Autism Asperger Pub. Co., 2007.

Cat, Sally. PDA by PDAers: From Anxiety to Avoidance and Masking to Meltdowns. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018.

Greene, Ross W. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. Harper, 2021.

Kedar, Ido. Ido in Autismland: Climbing out of Autism’s Silent Prison. 2012.

Silberman, Steve. Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and The Future of Neurodiversity. Avery, 2016.

Thompson, Harry. The PDA Paradox: The Highs and Lows of My Life on a Little-Known Part of the Autism Spectrum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019.


The University of Edinburgh Diversity in Social Intelligence: http://dart.ed.ac.uk/research/nd-iq/?fbclid=IwAR3Kiz5tDRmmeLTXULcuRoUpdsDHmrwQhhkWsFuyKJwnElJE2n4kch-VnPQ

The PDA Society: https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/


Crompton, Catherine J et al. “Neurotype-Matching, but Not Being Autistic, Influences Self and Observer Ratings of Interpersonal Rapport.” Front. Psychol., 23 October 2020. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.586171 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.586171

Crompton, Catherine J et al. “’I never realised everybody felt as happy as I do when I am around autistic people’: A thematic analysis of autistic adults’ relationships with autistic and neurotypical friends and family.” Autism: the international journal of research and practice vol. 24,6 (2020): 1438-1448. doi:10.1177/1362361320908976 https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1362361320908976

Kobayashi A, Yokota S, Takeuchi H, Asano K, Asano M, Sassa Y, Taki Y, Kawashima R. Increased grey matter volume of the right superior temporal gyrus in healthy children with autistic cognitive style: A VBM study. Brain Cogn. 2020 Mar;139:105514. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2019.105514. Epub 2019 Dec 31. PMID: 31902739. http://10.1016/j.bandc.2019.105514

Sandoval-Norton, A.H., Shkedy, G. & Shkedy, D. Long-term ABA Therapy Is Abusive: A Response to Gorycki, Ruppel, and Zane. Adv Neurodev Disord 5, 126–134 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41252-021-00201-1

Torres, Elizabeth B. Precision Autism: Genomic Stratification of Disorders Making Up the Broad Spectrum May Demystify its “Epidemic Rates”. bioRxiv 2021.07.28.454081; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.07.28.454081


Someone to Watch Over Me

How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

Milton’s ‘double empathy problem’: A summary for non-academics

Identity-First Language

Pathological avoidance is distinct from autistic avoidance





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