Neurodiversity Celebration Week

25 March

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It was Neurodiversity Celebration Week in school last week. We have had a week of assemblies helping students understand what we mean by neurodiversity and celebrating neurodiversity here at Priory.

Neurodiversity is about recognising that everybody’s brain works differently. Both children and adults have their own unique way of thinking, interacting and experiencing the world.  We more commonly think of neuro diversity as an umbrella term for: ADHD, ASC, Tourette’s and dyslexia.

The World Health Organisation say that worldwide 1 in 100 people have autism, here in School we have 94 students with an ASC diagnosis.  ASC and ADHD have to be diagnosed by a psychologist and currently the waiting list to get this done is between two and three years, so there are many more students on the pathway who receive support in school. There are also students with obvious traits who choose not to get a diagnosis. Whilst many of us would recognise traits in ourselves of ASC, ADHD or dyslexia, this does not mean we would get a diagnosis, as the thresholds are high.  If you are concerned that your child does show traits and would benefit from the diagnosis, please make an appointment with your SENDCo or your GP. 

There are both positives and negatives of being neurodiverse, but the world is essentially set up for the people who are neurotypical.   Young people with ADHD often have engaging personalities, can be quick decision-makers and have an abundance of enthusiasm for interests.  The positives of autism often include honesty, integrity, logical thinking, hyperlexia and being very detail orientated.  Those with dyslexia can be creative, making connections, visualising ideas, and communicating well. School can be difficult, but many neurodiverse young people go on to achieve great things later in life.  

Let us not just be aware but celebrate difference. We can read books and blogs written by neurodiverse people, listen to podcasts, shine, a light on their talents, passions and fortitude. Let’s avoid harmful stereotypes, use positive language be curious, admire and be an advocate.

If you’d like to know more, please check out some of the websites below:

CLASS+           Amaze            Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

If you would like a book to book an appointment with one of the SENDCos , please click on the link.  






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