Neurodiversity: Difference rather than disorder
4 – 6 p.m., Norwich PDC
Elaine Nickolls – Trainer
Neurodiversity, as a way of thinking about individual needs, is thought to have been coined in the 1990s by Judy Singer; a sociologist and autism activist who has a diagnosis of autism. It was initially used by the autistic community, who were keen to move away from ‘medicalised’ beliefs that autism is something ‘wrong’ to be treated and cured, rather than being a valuable part of human diversity.
The idea of neurodiversity has now been embraced by many other groups, who are using the term as a means of empowerment and to promote the positive qualities possessed by people who might be described as neurodiverse. It encourages us to view neurologically based differences in learning, social and emotional development such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia as simply normal variations in the spectrum of what it means to be human.
Further, it encourages rejection of the culturally entrenched negativity and stigma which can typically surrounded those who live, learn and view the world differently and promotes inclusive thinking around making adjustments to meet the needs of children and young people within the education system so that they can thrive, feel included and learn to the best of their ability.
The session will:
• Explore what we understand by neurodiversity
• Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this way of thinking
• Look at the traits usually associated with the ‘specific learning difficulties’ that lie within the neuro-diverse spectrum of additional needs
• Consider when these ‘differences’ because an impairment that needs ‘additional and different’ support
• Look at the Teaching for Neurodiversity resources that are still freely available.
• Discuss how to gather evidence to support referrals to the Neurodevelopmental Service
• Participants will have a clearer understanding of the concept of neurodiversity
• Know how to access resources that will support training and development in their schools
• Know how to gather evidence to support referrals to the Neurodevelopmental Service
• Anyone working with children who have additional needs as a result of their neurodiversity
Cost: £50 Schools with an EPSS contract or subscription receive a £10 discount
Please book through S4S website: http://s4s.norfolk.gov.uk/Event/93425