Neurodiversity is the concept of acknowledging and respecting neurological differences as an essential aspect of human variation.
The way we think, move, process information, and communicate can vary significantly depending on how our brains are wired. Neurodiversity serves as an umbrella term for alternative thinking styles such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (DCD), Dyscalculia, Autism, and ADHD, among others. However, the focus is not on labelling individuals but on recognising and appreciating those who think differently. Schools, universities, and organisations can all benefit from the unique perspectives of individuals with neurological differences.
Neurodiversity In Schools And Society
It is estimated that around 15-20% of the population has a neurological difference. Instead of labelling individuals as having deficits or disorders, the concept of neurodiversity views each person’s unique strengths and challenges in a balanced manner. Many of the challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals are a result of the environment and systems designed by the majority population.
In 2023 many schools are looking to make changes within their systems to be more inclusive and ensure that no matter the difference, all students can be included.
This year, how will your school be playing their part in celebrating these differences? Whether you are making changes around the school, or even just helping students to understand differences.
It’s important to help students understand differences in order for them to be more accepting throughout the rest of their life. Not only can this understanding help to alleviate bullying within school, it can help them to pave the way for neurodiversity in their adult life.
It’s not always just the students who need a helping hand in understanding certain neuro differences. If your Teaching Assistants require an additional hand, we have a number of courses that might be of benefit to them. Including the Understanding Autism level 3.
For more information, please contact the team today who will be able to help.