Katie Rose Pryal

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Katie's work has appeared in Catapult, Slate, Full Grown People, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and more. She’s the author of more than ten books, including the IPPY Gold award-winner EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN: Essays on Sexual Assault and MeToo, the INDIE Gold award-winning THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC: Transform Your Creative Life and Career, and the bestselling LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: Essays on Disability and Mental Health in Higher Education. A professor of law and creative writing, she lives in Chapel Hill, N.C.


Cover Photo: cropped image of red and green game pieces from the board game Sorry! by Hasbro Games
No, I Don’t Want Your Advice on How My Kids or I Can Be “Cured”

I’m not looking for a cure—not for my kids, and not for me. Any treatment we choose is merely a tool to help us enjoy our lives.

Dec 16, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Pan Xiaozhen/Unsplash
What It Takes to Advocate for Twice-Exceptional Kids in School

I think about the many invisible struggles, the empty places I have had to fill for my kids. The bridges I’ve had to build.

May 29, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Ellen Weinstein for Catapult
Friendship Has Always Been Hard for Me—I Hope I Can Make It Easier for My Kids

Unwritten social rules might as well not exist for me. The only reason I can read them at all is because I’ve forced myself to learn them.

Mar 25, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Anja Silbar for Catapult
My Son and I Don’t Do Well with Chaos—and That’s Okay

We hate surprises. What we need is to be able to set our expectations properly.

Feb 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Haidle for Catapult
For Parents and Children with Psychiatric Disabilities, the Stigma Creates an Extra Fight We Don’t Need

So many people have suggested I stop taking medication for my bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and panic attacks. The stigma is strong.

Jan 07, 2019
Cover Photo: Art by Brian Rea for Catapult
When You’re a Mom with Anxiety Disorder, You Know the Monsters Are Real

I have such immense anxiety. It sweeps me up into its furious winds. And my kids are at the middle of the storm.

Nov 26, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Brian Rea for Catapult
Finding a World Big Enough for My Twice-Exceptional Kids

Every day, when my kids come home from school, the first thing I ask them—like most parents do—is about school. But unlike most parents, I do not expect my kids to say that school was fine.

Oct 17, 2018
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The World Doesn’t Bend for Disabled Kids (or Disabled Parents)

My kids have been kicked out of many, many places for being different—just like I was.

Jul 10, 2018