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Different, Not Less: A neurodivergent's guide to embracing your true self and finding your happily ever after

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Different, Not Less will inspire you to create a more inclusive world where everyone feels like they belong. In Different, Not Less, 24-year-old actor, social media star and neurodivergent advocate Chloe Hayden shares the challenges and triumphs of her personal journey with autism and ADHD, including years of struggle as she moved between 10 schools in 8 years, the process of diagnosis and finally the joy of finding her ‘happily ever after’. She moved between 10 schools in 8 years, struggling to become a person she believed society would accept, and was eventually diagnosed with autism and ADHD. This doesn’t have to be a contradiction but in “Different Not Less” these two genres feel so isolated and don’t play well together. Biography: Chlo Hayden is an award-winning actor and disability advocate, motivational speaker and social media influencer whose story of being 'different, not less' has attracted a worldwide following.

I just finished listening to this and, whilst it was an enjoyable enough listen - this might be the most Gen-Z book I've ever engaged with. I was diagnosed with autism last year at the age of 24, however, it was something that I had suspected for quite some time.I've even had friends of mine watch her videos and TikToks of her openly stimming while seeing sharks and say things like "I'm not saying that you two are the same person, I'm just saying we haven't ever seen the two of you in the same room. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

I feel like the assumed readers are kids/teens with similar interests to Chloé who would enjoy all the fairy tale analogies and find something new in the advice about school, dating, self care, socialising, and adulting.As I found this chapter not only incredibly informative (ya girl loves statistics), but so eloquently presented in its portrayal and explanation of the different (and somewhat more intense) aspects of autism. it is such a beautiful listen and read, that covers a variety of neurodivergent identities but obviously centered around chloe’s personal experiences and studies into autism, adhd, and depression from a young age through now, weaving in writings from the time certain events happened in her life as well as hindsight understanding and interpretation. Or, that someone like me, who has already been diagnosed, will pick up this book and find all the reminders they need to navigate the world with their head held high: you are different, and you have the right to demand and expect more instead of settling for less. Katie Koullas, CEO, Yellow Ladybugs'The guide to life that I wish I'd been handed when I was an undiagnosed Autistic kid, unsure of my place in the world .

So to have such a personal, conversational piece such as this outlining a true experience whilst also providing education and helpful tips and tricks is pretty phenomenal.When I first got diagnosed, I found her YouTube channel and I thought "FINALLY, someone who is autistic in the same way I am autistic" and it made me much more comfortable accepting my diagnosis.

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