Parents' FAQ

According to the dictionary neurodiversity is “the concept that differences in brain functioning within the human population are normal, and that brain functioning that is not neurotypical should not be stigmatized.”

In a broader sense, neurodiversity is often a term used to describe an individual with an autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, and others with neurodevelopmental or cognitive differences.

No! eCourses are designed for different subgroups of parents. The first round of eCourses being released is for parents of autistic children. However, future eCourses will be tailored for parents of children with different kinds of neurological differences.

No, the courses currently being offered at Neurodiversity School are tailored to meet the needs of parents whose children do not have an intellectual disability and have more of an Asperger’s profile or are twice-exceptional (gifted and autistic).

If your child is non-verbal or cognitively disabled, we recommend you reach out to your child’s physician for a recommendation of resources suited to meet their needs.

We recommend these eCourses only for parents of older children, teens or adults on the spectrum.

No, this course does not teach ABA principles. If you are interested in gaining parent training through an ABA company, we recommend you discuss this with your pediatrician or check out our resource page.

Absolutely! In fact, we have an eCourse tailored for parents who identify as autistic, to help them learn more about their own autistic identity and how to communicate more effectively with their child. As part of that eCourse, there is a special chat group for parents that identify as autistic/neurodivergent, so you can speak with other autistic parents who face similar struggles and provide mutual support.

Great question! We cover a variety of parenting skills in this course. These skills will cover:

  • Building emotional safety and connection with your child
  • How to validate your child’s thoughts and feelings
  • The importance of asking open-ended questions
  • How to empathize with your child
  • The importance of affirming your child’s worth
  • How to give advice learning about your own reactivity and how your child pushes your buttons
  • Learning ways to remain calm, open-hearted, and compassionate in the face of challenging situations

Many parents tell us they thought they knew these skills, but once they learned the nuances in our program, they realized why what they have been trying wasn’t working well. The eCourses provide clear instructions and numerous examples to clarify how to use these skills.

It’s really important to note that you will not only learn useful parenting skills, but you will also be given an opportunity to engage with other individuals who are parenting neurodivergent children. This gives you the opportunity to build a supportive and nurturing community to improve your mental health.

Our courses include video content as well as worksheets, interactive learning tools, podcast and book recommendations, and access to our course chat features.

You have two options per course:

Option 1: Access all the course material at once without access to the online community. You will have access to the eCourse for 3 years.

Option 2: Receive one lesson per week across 12 weeks. You have access to the online community, and each week you will engage with community members online around sharing reflections and activities to practice skills. You will continue to have access to the eCourse for 3 years.

The purpose of the chat feature is to build community and foster a sense of comradery and have a safe place to practice the skills learned in a group.

To find out which subgroup fits you best, we ask that you or your loved one go through an initial quiz. This quiz will filter you into the appropriate group.

The chat feature is like a discussion board that appears within the eCourse. You will be asked to share your reflections or practice skills in the discussion boards.

As with any good chat group, participants' privacy cannot legally be guaranteed. We do ask though that you keep the information shared by group members to yourself. This helps others feel more comfortable using this online chat feature. Likewise, we ask that you use this tool appropriately and safely. That means:

  • Not sharing personal or identifying information to ANYONE, even if they ask for it
  • No e-commerce (no buying, selling, or trading)
  • Not contacting or dating others in the group for 4 months or more
  • No cyberbullying
  • No hate speech

If we find that you are in violation of any of our guidelines, we reserve the right to terminate your membership and/or revoke your access to the chat feature.

Yes, but you may only share with your partner the eCourse that does not come with the Chat version. If both parents want to benefit from the online chat community, then you will each need to purchase separate accounts. We recommend that both you and your partner take the eCourse so that you can be on the same page when it comes to parenting your neurodivergent child.

We understand our courses are not for everyone. We will issue you a full refund within —- days if you’re unsatisfied with our course.

Absolutely! We pride ourselves on making our videos accessible to everyone.

You can find lots of valuable autism resources on our blog and resources page. Our staff has carefully curated resources on a wide variety of issues pertaining to neurodiversity.

We welcome any loved ones who play a parenting role in a neurodivergent child’s life to join our eCourse. You might be an aunt or uncle, grandparent, close family friend, or other loved one who is responsible for caring for the wellbeing of a neurodivergent person. We think it’s great you’re here and are wanting to learn ways to best support your neurodivergent loved one. If you are neurotypical (not autistic) and married to a neurodivergent person and looking for marital or relationship support, we recommend you consider other resources, such as AANE.

Good question! This eCourse covers a variety of parenting skills and knowledge, including:

  • Building emotional safety and connection with your child
  • How to validate your child’s feelings
  • The importance of asking open-ended questions
  • How to empathize with your child
  • Learning how to tune into your child’s needs & when it’s helpful for you to step in and support, or step back and use strategies to empower them towards independence
  • The importance of affirming your child’s worth
  • How and when to give advice
  • Learning about your own reactivity and how your child pushes your buttons
  • Learning ways to remain calm, open-hearted, and compassionate in the face of challenging situations

No, you cannot receive college credit, continuing education units, or any other school credit for taking our courses.