An introduction to neurodiversity in adoption, fostering and kinship care


Let's acknowledge and celebrate difference. Understand neurodiversity as a natural variation to ‘the norm’ rather than as something that is disordered, dysfunctional or deficient. This session is an introduction to aspects of neurodiversity including autism, dyslexia and ADHD. It will give an overview to increase participants' knowledge and develop confidence in the subject.

Key questions we will ask on the course are ‘What is neurodiversity?’ and ‘How can we work more effectively with neurodivergent children and young people?’. A focus will be placed on the positive impact neurodiversity can have in fostering and adoption placements. Participants will have the opportunity to share best practice through group discussions.

Your trainer, Dr Gemma North, has extensive research and practice experience in the field of neurodiversity.


The learning outcomes for this course are:

  • To develop understanding of neurodiversity
  • To gain a better understanding of the needs of neurodivergent children and young people
  • To increase participant confidence to take steps in becoming more knowledgeable, skilled and inclusive when working with neurodiversity


This open course is suitable for adoption, fostering and kinship care professionals and those working in education and health settings, who would like an introduction to neurodiversity, and would like to develop their skills in working with neurodiversity in children and young people.

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Total of 22 places on this course.


Gemma North, Associate Trainer, CoramBAAF



Registration 9.45 am
Start 10.00 am*
Close 1.00 pm*

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £78.00 + £15.60 VAT = £93.60

Individual CoramBAAF member - £59.00 + £11.80 VAT = £70.80

Non-member - £110.00 + £22.00 VAT = £132.00

Adopters/Fosters carers -  £59.00 + £11.80 VAT = £70.80

Student discount for all fees 20%*

*Please contact our events team via email to secure your place. 


Telephone 020 7520 0310


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