What is neurodiversity?

The way we think, act, process information, and communicate varies depending on our brains. Many embrace the word neurodiversity as a term to encompass a range of thinking styles, including Dyslexia, DCD (Dyspraxia), Dyscalculia, Autism, and ADHD. Regardless of specific labels, neurodiversity emphasises acknowledging and embracing diverse modes of thought.


Neurodiversity Celebration Week: promoting acceptance and understanding

In our increasingly diverse world, the concept of neurodiversity is gaining recognition and appreciation. Coined by Judy Singer in 1999, neurodiversity encompasses a wide range of cognitive variations, including conditions like autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and Tourette syndrome. Rather than seeing these differences as challenges neurodiversity encourages us to view them as unique strengths that enrich our collective human experience.

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Our recordings

Neurodiversity in the workplace

Dr Gemma North explores neurodiversity in the context of social work employment. A lack of awareness and about neurodiversity in social work settings can lead to insufficient support for neurodivergent employees. Knowledge and awareness about aspects of neurodiversity including Autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and ADHD must increase in order for workplaces to be meaningfully inclusive.

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Find out more about our training course about neurodiversity. All our courses can be delivered for your organisation at your chosen work location in person or online. Find out more about our commissioned training.

Neurodiversity in adoption, fostering and kinship care

This course acknowledges and celebrates difference. It situates neurodiversity as a natural variation to ‘the norm’ rather than as something that is disordered, dysfunctional or deficient. The aim of the course is for participants to increase their knowledge and develop confidence in discussing some aspects of neurodiversity including Autism, Dyslexia and ADHD.

All our courses can be delivered for your organisation at your chosen work location in person (England, Northern Ireland and Wales) or online (via Zoom or MS Teams).

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Watch the recording from our Exploring Expertise

This session provided an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It aimed to help fostering and adoption services by providing strategies and resources to assist those who are working with children or young people with a FASD diagnosis. Our presenters were Sandy and Martin Butcher, co-founders and co-chairs of the Hertfordshire FASD Support Network. Our Chair was Alice Sewell, trainer at NationalFASD.

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Journal articles on neurodiversity

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Ascertaining risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder at initial health assessments for children in care

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) from prenatal alcohol exposure poses risks for looked after children. Timely diagnosis is crucial, and an audit in Brighton and Hove assessed the documentation of alcohol use and recorded information about the risk of developmental problems in initial health assessments from April 2021 to April 2022. Read more in 'Ascertaining risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder at initial health assessments for children in care' by Layla Beckett, Michelle Bond.

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Meeting the needs of neurodivergent children and young people

The term neurodiversity enables us to talk about difference in a strength-based way thereby focusing on what makes neurodivergent people unique. Dr Gemma North outlines the importance of acknowledging and supporting care experienced children and young people.

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