Neurotypical is a term that is used to describe typical neurological development or functioning.
Neurodivergent is a non-medical term used to describe a person whose brain operates differently than what is considered typical (this includes learning differences, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, OCD, Seizure Disorders, Down's Syndrome, other developmental diagnoses and neurological differences).
Neurodiversity is used to describe the natural diversity of the human brain and includes individuals that are neurotypical and neurodivergent.
Why is it important to be informed of neurodiversity and neurodivergence?
Awareness outside of therapy can allow us to increase inclusivity at work, school, and in the community. We can bridge communication through understanding and acceptance. We can create greater equity in healthcare, mental health treatment, education, and employment (through education, advocacy, and policy).
A primary focus in my practice is on supporting autistic individuals. I see clients with or without a formal diagnosis, many self-identify or suspect they are neurodivergent and we explore this in relationship to their challenges, strengths, and goals.
I work with many clients that are not autistic but are otherwise neurodivergent (ADHD, intellectual differences, learning differences, dyslexia, and other neurological differences). Through my strength-based and holistic view of each client, I utilizing this information to inform the work we do.
I do not offer assessment or diagnosis of Autism, or ADHD. If a client determines they would like to seek a formal diagnosis, I can provide referrals and resources.
Formal assessment and diagnosis can be the right fit for many, especially if there is a need for additional support services and accommodations in daily living, schooling, and employment.
ASAN-Autistic Self Advocacy Network (run by and for Autistic people)
Regional Center: Diagnosis and Service Coordination https://www.sanandreasregional.org/
Podcast: Adulting on the Spectrum https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-speaks-podcasts/adulting-spectrum-meet-our-hosts
Transitional Age Youth Resources
Neuroclastic- online content by autistic authors https://neuroclastic.com/
ASSESSMENT (clinician directory)
(by autistic authors)
~Unmasking Autism, by Devon Price
~What I Mean When I Say I'm Autistic, Annie Kotowicz
~Spectrum Women, Cook, garnett
~Connecting With the Autism Spectrum
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