Hello! I'm Kate!

I support parents, carers, and professionals to implement evidence-based neuroaffirming practices and to develop a neuroaffirming lens through online courses, one-to-one sessions, group training, and professional development and public speaking. 

I combine three key areas of experience to provide unique, safe, and effective support. 

  • I draw on 20+ years of¬†professional experience in education and disability,¬†
  • 17+ years parenting neurodivergent children and¬†
  • 40+ years lived experience as a neurodivergent person.¬†

Neurodivergent Education is an Autistic-led social enterprise that employs neurodivergent staff to support neurodivergent people and the people around them.

Please get in touch, I would love to hear from you! 

~ Kate Donohue, BECE, DIR   

Neurodivergent Educational Consultant                  Presenter I Trainer I Director 

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Develop practical, actionable, evidence-based skills and knowledge through a Neurodivergent Affirming framework and safe, constructive conversations on Neuroaffirming options, strategies and approaches. 

 

About Kate

"Embracing my children's and then my own autistic and neurodivergent identities changed my professional practice profoundly. 

I now apply best practice principles through a neurodivergent-affirming lens and provide safe, and responsive services that change people's lives." 

- Kate Donohue

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"Your advice for me personally, was in short, pretty revolutionary,

and you've given me both food for thought and the impetus to make some important changes. In short, I think you're pretty rad!¬†ūüėÄ"

~ Cat, Parent of 10-year-old boy, Autistic & Gifted

Kate's Specialisations & Presentation Topics

Autistic & Neurodivergent Culture

  • how to meet autistic, and neurodivergent needs
  • masking, unmasking, and autistic identity
  • autistic burnout, shutdowns, and inertia¬†
  • neurodivergent trust, safety, and communication
  • supporting sensory and emotional regulation needs
  • executive functioning and information processing¬†
  • problem-solving using a neurodivergent affirming framework
  • educational support and recommendations¬†
  • advocacy and teaching self-advocacy¬†
  • co-regulation and self-regulation
  • addressing stress-based behaviours
  • complex profiles¬†including internalised profiles (masking), autism and ADHD (AuDHD), gifted and neurodivergent (2E), autistic with multiple diagnoses and autism with stress-based behaviours

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

  • lived experience PDA training from¬†a PDA worldview¬†
  • how demands impact the nervous system
  • fostering¬†nervous system safety and regulation
  • recognising, managing, and changing demands¬†
  • PDA¬†stress-based behaviours
  • understanding equalising and leveling
  • modifying the environment and expectations
  • understanding and meeting the drive for¬†choice and control¬†
  • creating healthy, respectful¬†relationships
  • autonomy and boundaries finding a safe balance
  • supporting PDAers from a regulation framework¬†
  • understanding PDA¬†value systems¬†and¬†internal structures
  • addressing health and safety concerns
  • demand avoidant disability accommodations¬†

 

 

"Cultural change and meeting neurodivergent needs is possible through collaboration, education, and compassion"


-Kate Donohue

Authentic, compassionate education and coaching grounded in 20+ years of professional experience and a lifetime of lived experience.

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Kate's Blog

Choosing Therapy

Sep 01, 2022

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

Aug 30, 2022

Get to know Dynamic Parenting owner Kate Donohue

Jun 02, 2022

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Being neurodivergent-affirming changes lives!

Becoming neurodivergent-affirming means you embrace the natural diversity of human brains and bodies. You believe it's normal to be different. Accepting brain differences does not mean ignoring challenges or minimising difficulties. Being neurodivergent-affirming is valuing neurodiversity and being responsive to meeting individual needs by supporting both strengths and challenges.

Neurodivergent people have always existed and there is not one single ideal brain, rather, neurotypical brains are advantaged in our culturally constructed world. Neurodivergent people need ongoing support to navigate everyday life as our social services and structures are built around neurotypical brains and bodies.

Neurodivergent-affirming practices are essential for neurodivergent people to thrive but most importantly they communicate that the person is considered, accepted and cared about for who they are.

We all deserve to belong, it is a basic human need and we can save lives by being neurodivergent-affirming. 

We are neuroaffirming at all levels including towards our all neurodivergent staff and the neurodivergent individuals, parents, professionals we support

At Dynamic Parenting, we are actively committed to creating inclusive environments. We actively employ staff who are neurodivergent and strongly support equity for people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies, ages, and abilities.
 
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country.  We recognise the Traditional Owners' continuing connection to land, waters, and culture and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.
 
As minority groups, together we stand strong and stand together.