Neurodiversity adhd autism

Neurodiversity and neuroaffiring approach (in treatment of ADHD and Autism)

“Neurodiversity, which means recognizing and celebrating the diversity of brain makeups instead of pathologizing some as “normal” and others as “abnormal.” (From ”Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You” by Jenara Nerenberg )

In other words: Neurodiversity refers to differences in brain functioning. 

No two brains are the same; as such, we need to recognise the unique ways different brains work. Neurodiverse is the opposite of a neurotypical (average/ mostly represented ) brain.  

If you are an ADHDer or an autistic person, you are neurodivergent, and you have unique struggles and strengths different to a neurotypical person. 

With neurodiversity comes a neuroaffirming approach, which means we move from “deficit” based languages used mainly in the medical world to a language of strengths, differences and uniqueness. 

In short- we want to focus on the strengths, uniqueness and beauty of all brains. 

It makes me angry that there is even a need to name this. It makes me angry that so many people focus on deficit based/ medicalised approach. It makes me angry that we still need to fight for those differences to be respected. So I go with the anger and I do what I can – I spread the news and I educate people. We need all kind of brains, all brains are beautiful. 

If you want to explore it more, here are a few great books on that topic:  

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You by Jenara Nerenberg

Is This Autism?: A Guide for Clinicians and Everyone Else

Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism