Developing Naturally

If you’ve ever entered into a group for allies of Autistic people and asked, “What do I do instead of this therapy?”, you’ve likely gotten a response such as: “Let them develop naturally” or “Autistic development doesn’t follow the same track as allistic development.” It can be scary to hear Read more…

Foundations for Education

The Foundations are designed to be integrated into schools and therapy settings. In order to understand how FDM fits into the IEP process and therapy goal-setting, this entry will explain what accommodations are, how they are working (or not working) in school settings now, and how FDM works to address Read more…

A Pie chart in the middle with 5 outer sections in red with a white swirl icon, yellow with a white paper and pencil icon, green with a white speech bubble, light blue with stick people and white speech bubbles, purple with 4 different smilies and inner circle in dark blue with white thought bubble icon with “Neurodiversity” above the thought bubble. Circling the pie chart are the words “Sensory Regulation” in red, “Executive Function” in yellow, “Communication” in green, “Socialization” in blue, and “Emotional Regulation” in purple.

The Five Foundations Explained

Foundations for Divergent Minds is an approach to designing accommodations in key foundational areas. These areas can be areas of impairment for autistic and neurodivergent children because of the lack of consistent and supportive accommodations in their environment. When children interact with a world that is not designed for them, Read more…

What is Foundations for Divergent Minds

What is Foundations for Divergent Minds? Foundations for Divergent Minds is a new training and educational model for use by parents and professionals working with autistic and neurodivergent children.  The model uses the concept of foundations to create a systematic approach to designing accommodations and supports in classrooms and at Read more…