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Understanding Neurodiversity with Navigate Neurodiversity Occupational Therapy

and who do I work with?

The term 'Neurodiversity' is rooted in the social model of disability. It emerged within the early autistic activist community in the 1990's. It simply means a group of diverse individuals who interact and perceive the world in different ways. The whole population of Earth is neurodiverse in that there are neurotypical people and neurodivergent people. Similar to the diversity we see in nature, biodiversity. The social model of disability in essence means the belief that disabled people don't need to be 'fixed' but our environments should be adapted as that's what disables us. 

Disclaimer: While our organisation embraces the concept of neurodiversity, we want to clarify that we do not align with the recent viewpoints expressed by its coiner Judy Singer. The term "neurodiversity" is a vital part of the community's identity, and we affirm our commitment to inclusion and the support of LGBTQIA+ people and rights.

 

The term Neurodivergent was coined by Kassiane Asasumas; it refers to humans who differ cognitively from 'neurotypical' people.  

I work with anyone who feels they come under the umbrella of being neurodivergent. They may have been diagnosed with one of the following, or be self-diagnosed and identify as neurodivergent.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of the neurotypes I work with:

  • Autism

  • ADHD

  • Dyspraxia

  • Dyslexia

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

I have a particular interest in working with Autistic women and LGBTQIA+ people. 

I also recognise that many neurodivergent people may also have:

  • ME/CFS (Chronic fatigue)

  • Chronic/persistent pain 

  • Fibromyalgia 

  • Hypermobility 

  • Long-covid 

  • Other mental and physical health conditions

Therefore, I take a biopsychosocial and holistic approach that considers all aspects of your life.

Do feel free to contact me to set up a free discovery call to discuss if our services would be suited to your needs. Alternatively, email me if you have any questions.

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