Inclusiveness and Community
Connect and Grow Magazine - Edition 2 October 2023
There are many different things to consider when it comes Inclusiveness and Community.
We are all different, we are all unique and amazing and yes we all look different.
This month, we discuss Neurodiversity and Communication, Connecting with Community and gardening.
Neurodiversity and Communication
Many people who have neurodivergent traits have unique speech patterns and communication styles. As you will always find, I share that every person will be different, and what is shared may only sometimes apply to everyone who is neurodivergent.
When it comes to those who are support workers and working with a person who is neurodivergent, there can be a mismatch when it comes to communication, which can be frustrating for everyone. When a person who is neurodivergent states they do not want a specific person to work with them, it is NOT about race but about communication.
When an individual has an accent, it can be challenging for the person who is neurodivergent to understand them, leading to frustration and limited communication.
Being neurodivergent is NOT to be cured ... It is a way of life for many!
As a neurodivergent person myself, albeit high functioning, I still have my days of struggle and where communication is a challenge. It is often for me,impacted by fatigue and overwhelm. It is when I do not understand the person and the words they use.
When it comes to communication, it is important to be as patient and positive as possible. We are all individuals, and we all have our learned behaviours, beliefs and values.
When we come from a place of acceptance and understanding, there is potential for everyone to be heard and be included in events and activities, to be part of the community.
A website that may be of use to those who would like to learn more about neurodiversity:
As with everything, it is important to take from the information what resonates with you, remember we are all different and letting go of judgements and being focused on what we as an individual requires can bring positive communication and positive relationships.
Written by Jacqui Grant
We have split the section into two separate articles for you to read and share.
You may like to listen to Connect and Grow Podcast on Neurodiversity and Wellbeing
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