This week is a special week set aside to celebrate the diversity in the way our brains work. In reality, no 2 brains function in exactly the same way some are born different some experiences or trauma can affect the way we process information. Some groups of ways of thinking have been given labels due to the difficulties that identify the way their brains work as being "disabling". This week is a time to focus on what makes those ways of thinking ENABLING. We focus on how the dyslexic struggles with literacy, the ADHDer struggles with focus, the person with an Autistic Spectrum Condition struggles with social interaction, or the person with a tic disorder struggles to manage their tics but not so much on the positive sides of how these brains work.
Research conducted over the last few years such as by Made by Dyslexia has shown that people who come under the umbrella of Neurodiversity have areas in which they excel over the so-called “neurotypical” person. People with Dyslexia and ADHD tend to be more visionary and entrepreneurial, seeing the bigger picture and outside the box. They are generally more creative and good problem solvers. People with these brain make-ups are also highly empathic which makes them excel in areas of health and social care. People with ADHD are full of energy and can think quickly, making them very good in a crisis situation. People on the Autistic Spectrum are very honest and have high integrity, their attention to detail and logical thinking has made them excel in fields such as IT and Finance.
Unfortunately, these positives are often eclipsed by people trying to fit into a neurotypical world meaning the difficulties come to the fore causing problems in the workplace reducing confidence, and lowering other people’s opinions of their abilities. By recognising employees and colleagues with these diverse thinking patterns and making a few simple reasonable adjustments you can really benefit your whole team, customers, and clients.
Why not speak to our team about how you can find out more about these neurodivergent conditions and what we can do to help you support them. Contact Richard on firstname.lastname@example.org