Neurodiversity is a concept that’s been around for a while. In a nutshell, it means that brain differences are just that: differences. So conditions like ADHD and Autismaren’t “abnormal.” They’re simply variations of the human brain.
For kids and adults with learning and thinking differences, the idea of neurodiversity has real benefits. It can help kids (and their parents) frame their challenges as differences, rather than as deficits. It can also shed light on parenting approaches that might help to highlight particular strengths kids have.
For adults, it can help reframe or explain some of confusion they may experience living in this world, which is mostly designed by and for "neurotypical" people!
Why is this important to parenting?
Simply put, when you have a child with a brain that's wired a bit (or a lot) differently, traditional parenting strategies are often not only ineffective, they can exasperate the difficulties your child is already experiencing. After all, your unique child is neurdivergent in a world that is, unfortunately, not designed for neurodiversity.
Their experience of the world is different to yours', they think and learn in unique ways, so the greatest gift you can give your child is to change your parenting style to meet their needs, and not expect your child to adjust to your parenting style.
And this is where I come in! If you like some specialist support in your journey, contact me.