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  • Writer's pictureJacqui Grant

Neurodiversity - Understand the Unseen

Connect and Grow Magazine - Edition 7 - March 2024


This month, we discuss how neurodiversity, for the most part, is an unseen challenge that many people do not understand.




When understanding Neurodiversity, it is important to understand that many different traits come under the umbrella of Neurodiversity.


When it comes to Autism, it is a spectrum, meaning that some people may have one or two traits, and these do not impact their day-to-day life, or they do impact their life, but people do not understand it.


When it comes to ADHD, there are different traits, and they impact an individual's life in a different way.


There are discussions and meetings regarding disability rights and developing legislation/acts around this. However, not everyone sees themselves as having a disability; they see themselves as a different person.


Do you know someone who has a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD? Do you know someone who has a diagnosis of Down syndrome? These are 3 of the diagnoses that are considered Neurodivergence.


I have the privilege of working with businesses in health and disability to speak with them about how to understand, recognise, and become inclusive of people with neurodivergent traits. No two people are the same, and neurodivergent traits are unseen; they can go unnoticed, considered different, or a little strange and brushed aside.


When people understand the different traits and are willing to meet people where they are, they can create an inclusive workplace and other relationships.



It is okay to be different, to be true to yourself, and to live a life that brings you joy. What is important is to know who you are, how you prefer communication, and to set boundaries that help you feel understood and safe in your world.


Some of the traits of someone who is neurodivergent are:


Communication - struggle with different ways of communication

Processing information - it can take time to understand what the information all means

Challenges in making a decision—It can be hard for some neurodivergent people to make a decision and stick with it.


Be blunt—Sometimes, a neurodivergent person is straight to the point in communication; some people see this as being blunt or rude.


Hyperfixated and Hyperfocused can be great tools in a person's toolbox; however, they can also be negative if they forget to eat, drink, and do things other than what they are fixed or focused on.


Miss social cues - this can be a challenge in social settings, especially when people are sharing a joke, and the person doesn't get the joke. It can also be that others do not understand their sense of humour.


Overthinking—Some neurodivergent people appear to overthink and ask a lot of questions, which, in some cases, people think is - for some people who are neurodivergent, they appear to overthink and ask a lot of questions, which, in some cases, people think is being distracted. It is actually their way of attempting to fit in and understand the situation.


Oversharing—This can happen with a person who is neurodivergent, trusts people too quickly, or feels comfortable in a room full of people or situations and may overshare aspects of their life. This can make them vulnerable and is also part of missing social cues.


Non-verbal - some people who are neurodivergent do not speak, and they have not been able to develop the language skills of speech. However, they are able to understand and respond in different ways.


These are just a few of the traits that a neurodivergent person may have. Everyone is their awesome and unique selves


Resource:


I have written a book: Empowering Me: Understanding and Embracing ASD and ADHD.

It is about what it is like to live with ASD and ADHD and how you can support those you know who are neurodivergent.


Empowering Me eBook available here: Empowering Me




We offer neurodiversity training for business in the workplace.


When you have an inclusive workplace, you can bring out the best in your staff, and your business will grow.

 

To learn more, visit our website: Neurodiversity Training and Consultations.


Written by Jacqui Grant



(c) 2024 Break Free Consultancy - Connect and Grow Magazine


Disclaimer: All information in this article is general information only.



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