People with neurological and behavior differences are often diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is my belief that these differences are a normal part of our diversity as a species, not conditions that need to be cured. I have worked most of my career with children who are “neurodiverse” and have a child who is “differently wired.” In full disclosure, people tend to regard me as “neurotypical,” which means that I have a style of functioning that falls within social standards of “normal.”
I espouse the concept of neurodiversity, which is aptly described by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN):
Neurodiversity means that no two brains are exactly the same. Every person has things they are good at and things they need help with, and there is no such thing as a “normal” brain. The neurodiversity movement says that people with brain-based disabilities (like autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, or mental health disabilities) should be accepted and included in society just like neurotypical people (people without brain-based disabilities). https://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/position-statements/
My role in working with neurodiverse children and families is to support healthy growth and development, and to help people to get the accommodations they need.