When we speak about human behaviour or ways of being in the world, we have traditionally described someone as having normal or abnormal behaviour. But, recently, specialists have begun to look at things in a broader, more inclusive way.
What Does Neurodivergent Mean?
Neurodivergent is a term used to describe someone who behaves or processes information in a particular way that differs from cultural norms. It is a fundamental shift in our understanding because it allows clients to discuss diagnoses, such as autism, in a way that doesn’t portray the diagnosis as an illness or problem to be dealt with.
In addition to autism, other diagnoses that may be considered a form of neurodivergence include ADHD, learning disabilities and Tourette’s syndrome.
Benefits of Neurodiversity
Much of the world has embraced cultural diversity. We have been taught that diversity is our greatest strength. However, we finally realise that this concept goes beyond just cultural diversity and should extend to the diversity of thought and being.
Neurodiversity can benefit society greatly as different ways of thinking and looking at the world bring different perspectives and insights.
Temple Grandin is a perfect example. Temple is autistic, and her unique perspective and way of thinking have allowed her to revolutionise practices for humanely handling livestock.
Please reach out if you or a loved one is dealing with neurodiversity and you feel communication is difficult, affecting your relationship. I am seeing clients in my office in Hove and online globally.