What is NEURODIVERSITY?
Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and celebrates the natural variation of human brain function. It proposes that the differences in how people think, learn, and process information are not deficits or disorders, but rather natural variations of being human.
The natural variation of human brain function
An adjective that describes individuals whose brain function differs from what is considered "typical"
The state of having a brain that functions differently from what is considered "typical"
An adjective that describes a group of people who are neurodivergent.
Here are some common types of Neurodivergence:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A developmental condition characterized by challenges in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. It exists on a spectrum, with individuals experiencing a wide range of strengths and challenges.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A neurodevelopmental condition that can affect a person's ability to pay attention, control impulses, and regulate energy levels. It is often characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention.
Dyslexia: A learning condition that affects a person's ability to read, spell, and write. Individuals with dyslexia may have difficulty with phonological processing, which can impact their proficiency in language-related tasks.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder): A condition that affects motor coordination and planning, leading to difficulties with activities that require fine and gross motor skills. This can impact tasks like writing, tying shoelaces, or participating in sports.
Dyscalculia: A condition that affects a person's ability to understand and work with numbers and mathematical concepts. Individuals with dyscalculia may struggle with tasks such as counting, basic arithmetic operations, and grasping mathematical concepts.
Dysgraphia: A condition that primarily affects writing abilities. People with dysgraphia may struggle with handwriting, spelling, and organizing their thoughts on paper.