• Neurodiversity Celebration Week: What is neurodiversity, and what’s to celebrate?
• Discovering Dyslexia: Do you want to know more about dyslexia or how to support someone who is neurodiverse?
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Neurodiversity Celebration Week
Last week was Neurodiversity Celebration week. What is neurodiversity, and why should it be celebrated? The term was coined to cover a multitude of ways that the human mind thinks differently from the mainstream; it includes (but is not limited to) autism, Asperger’s syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. These are ways of thinking which do not sit easily with the current educational model which is very logocentric and linear. That’s why children with any of these diversities have such difficulties in navigating school and, sometimes, university and work.
But what if you can think outside the box, or are skilled with numbers or multi-dimensional problems? Or that your ability to plan strategically makes you a successful entrepreneur? Or you can create original and beautiful objects? People who are neurodiverse might not be able to sit still for long, but that can make them very driven, innovative and creative; they might not read very fast or spell accurately, but often they have the empathetic people skills to gather teams around them who can, allowing them to get on with excelling at what they do. Depending which neurodiversity is involved, they might not be able to see the big picture, but they can have a phenomenal attention to detail, or alternatively, a grasp of the big picture which allows a very far-sighted approach to planning. What’s not to celebrate about an elephantine memory, which many people with neurodiversity have?
It is only recently that the upsides of neurodiversity have begun to be recognised, and the wheels and cogs of change in perception are slowly being engaged. In the meantime, if there is anyone in your family or workplace with an inner nerd, look more closely to see how they are thinking differently. They might surprise you.
We are launching a wide range of services for children, parents and adults in the workplace with neurodiversity, beginning with our forthcoming inaugural event on May 17th 2023. We are able to offer one-on-one and face-to-face sessions, international online discovery and parent network events. Our Dyslexia Discovery Centre aims to support children with dyslexia and promote networks of their families. If you would like to know more, click here for tickets and information, or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.