Neurodiversity: a collection of different neurotypes (or brain differences)
Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative founded by Siena Castellon, a neurodivergent teenager. The week challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences and spotlights the strengths and talents of neurodivergent individuals. It’s an opportunity for individuals, families, educational institutions and other organisations to recognise and support “more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual”.
A big step towards supporting neurodiversity in our communities and schools is curiosity and awareness; an upcoming opportunity to explore neurodiversity is international Neurodiversity Celebration Week on 13-19 March 2023.
DWSP therapists work in partnership with our clients and the important people in their lives to support their goals. These goals can include exploring what neurodiversity means to them, such as the strengths and challenges of neurological differences of (but not limited to) autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, sensory processing difficulties, and dyscalculia.
Earlier this year, our OT team attended a workshop run by psychologist, Sandhya Menon, founder of Onwards & Upwards Psychology. We discussed how neurodiversity means that different brains and neurotypes will have different effects on the ways we:
- communicate and interact
- experience and display emotions
- innovate, imagine and play
- form and define friendships and relationships
- experience and respond to sensory inputs
- see patterns and connections
- engage in areas of passion or expertise
Ideas for events, discussions and information on neurodiversity are available on the website.