Opting Out of Online Education

April 8, 2020 || Tags: , , ,

I’m trying to help my 11 year-old son log into Google Classroom but a pop up keeps interfering. It’s a woman with large breasts barely contained in a flesh-coloured V-neck. “Looking for a date?”, reads the text below her ample cleavage. Mentally I add virus scan of his laptop to my to do list. Day […]


Alphabet Soup & Writing

March 30, 2020 || Tags: , ,

When I started this website I was full of good intentions. I had planned to share some insights and strategies that would support neurotypical(NT) and neurodiverse(ND) communication. I am an NT mom raising three ND boys. Trust me, I’ve had more than my share of meetings with daycare providers, educators, and camp counsellors that began […]


New Website!

January 23, 2019 ||

Welcome to Alphabet Soup!

We are a neurologically diverse family with an Alphabet Soup of diagnoses. In these pages I hope you will find more than helpful resources (but I have plenty of those to share!); I hope you will find insight, laughter, understanding and a shared community.

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Why Alphabet Soup?

January 23, 2019 ||

Consider this: *ASD, ADHD, LD, SPD, ODD and so on. Looks like Alphabet Soup to me! These are just a few of the acronyms or labels floating around that all have their roots in how our basic operating system, the central nervous system (CNS), operates. People have referred to this using the technology metaphor of having either a PC or a MAC operating system. Nothing wrong or better with either system and they both produce the same results, they just operate differently. There are lots of variations in our human nervous systems. Some have profound effects in how we function in the world and others are so minor that we barely notice them. So what makes us tick?