FAQs

Why "autistic" not "with autism"?

We're respecting the majority opinion of the autistic community in our use of language on this site. We of course respect individual language preference of our clients during sessions. If you would like to learn more, click here and here to get you started.

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is the term first coined by Judy Singer in the late 1990s to refer to the emerging understanding that there is natural variability among human brains, just as there is natural variability among plant species - biodiversity.

Neurodiversity, therefore, is collectively the diverse nature of human brains. Here is a fantastically thorough exploration of the concepts from Dr Chloe Farahar, an autistic academic: Click here

What's neurodivergent?

Neurodivergent refers to a brain and sensory system that is different from the 'typical',

Do you provide assessments?

No, that is outside our field of expertise.

While self-identification is, of course, valid and widely accepted throughout the autistic community, if you do choose to seek professional diagnosis, navigating the health system can be tricky. Each country will have their own pathways of care, usually, your first point of contact will be your GP.

If you are seeking a privately funded diagnosis, we can highly recommend a new Irish practice for remote assessments, The Adult Autism Practice. In fact, we're so impressed with the service that we provide post-diagnostic support for their clients (funds received from this collaboration go directly to support Thriving Autistic).

Is this a business, a charity or a not-for-profit?

Thriving Autistic is an initiative developed under the umbrella of Happy Healthy Mind, a limited company owned wholly by our founder, Tara O'Donnell-Killen.

It is intended that TA will become a fully independent social enterprise, as soon as enough funding has been raised. In the interim, TA is operating as the not-for-profit arm of HHM. All accounts will be fully transparent and published on this website at year end.