Neurodiversity is a term used to describe and celebrate people whose brain function is different from the ‘mainstream’. It is the idea that it is normal and acceptable for people to have brains that function differently from one another. By recognising this as a fact, it is easier for those who are Neurodiverse to access information to help them.
Information about Neurodiversity:
Neurodiversity – The Donaldson Trust (donaldsons.org.uk)
What is neurodiversity? – Counselling Directory (counselling-directory.org.uk)
Those who are in neurodiverse community can feel pressured to conform to ‘typical’ standards. This can really take its toll on their mental health. One example of people confirming is what is known as ‘social masking’, or ‘camouflaging’ which people who with autism can sometimes use to fit in. This can include imitating smiles/facial expressions and faking eye contact – if this does not come naturally this can be extremely tiring. And as we all know, tiredness and being something we are not can be detrimental to our Mental Health. There are other ways which Neurodiverse people can be affected by a ‘neurotypical’ environment. This can include lighting, noise and other people’s communication styles. There are certain organisations or schools which work hard for these environments to be more inclusive.
One way that Neurodiverse Children and Young People can be helped is through an EHCP (educational health care plan). This can help a young person to gain recognition for the aspects of life that they find difficult. There is a service in Wiltshire that can help with this process, and in finding out other information which may help you.
Welcome to Wiltshire SENDIASS | KIDS
(IPSEA) Independent Provider of Special Education Advice
Below you can see some examples of diagnosis’s used to describe some neurodiverse people. We have included some useful resources – we hope that it helps!
The Wither Slack Group also have lots of information for supporting SEN people:
How we can help you – Witherslack Group
Teens : ADHD Foundation
Children : ADHD Foundation
Help Your Child With ADHD | Parents Guide to Support | YoungMinds