In my last blog post I discussed the differences between those of us who are neurodivergent. I emphasised that despite individuals with the same diagnosis sharing many similarities, there are also so many ways in which we differ from each other. Some people believe that because people are so unique and many have overlapping traits with other types of neurodivergence, we should just have one ‘neurodivergent’ umbrella and that’s it – no specific labels. I do see where they’re coming from, as with neurodivergence there are many overlapping traits across conditions and it can be complex; co-morbidity, where the individual has more than one diagnosis, is also common. However, I personally feel that these separate labels are important and will explain why in this post.Continue reading “Neurodivergence and why I feel labels are important”
Neurodiversity refers to the differences and diversity in the way our brains work.
Neurodivergence refers to individuals whose brain works in a different way, e.g. those who are dyspraxic, dyslexic, autistic etc.
Neurotypical refers to individuals who do not have any type of neurodivergence.
I often hear and see generalisations made, particularly on social media, about disability and neurodivergence. For instance, parents ask whether their autistic child should go to a mainstream school or special school. The answer is that it depends on the child – it’s not a one size fits all approach. There are so many factors that determine which school is right for an individual. It depends on their sensory needs, communication, the level of support they require, their academic ability – the list could go on!Continue reading “Disability and Neurodivergence – we’re all unique!”
A question that I’ve seen a lot recently on social media, such as facebook groups for dyspraxia, is: “Is dyspraxia on the autism spectrum?” This seems to cause a lot of confusion, while some people say “No, it isn’t” others say “Yes, it is”. So I thought I would blog about it for those of you who may have been asking this question.
“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism” is a phrase I’ve heard so many times, yet a phrase that couldn’t be more accurate! There are traits that everyone with autism will have to some extent or another, such as difficulty in social communication. However, there is a reason autistic spectrum disorder is called autistic spectrum disorder….
This week (2nd-8th April) is World Autism Awareness Week! My little brother, Ramsey, was diagnosed with autism just over a year ago. If you would like to read the blog post I wrote for last year’s autism awareness week, here is the link: https://theblogwithonepost.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/world-autism-awareness-week/
I used to hear people emphasise how much more important autism acceptance is than awareness, and if I’m being honest, this used to confuse me. I would think “But surely if people are aware of autism then they will be understanding?” It’s not until you have a family member with autism, or are autistic yourself, that you really gain an insight into the difference. Whilst I still believe awareness is very important, so is acceptance.
In many of my blog posts I have mentioned that there are a lot of similarities between dyspraxia and autism, but I haven’t always gone into a lot of detail about them. So I thought I would write a blog post which specifically looks at the overlap between dyspraxia and autism.
It’s World Autism Awareness Week this week (27th March – 2nd April)! My little brother, Ramsey, has autism. We’ve known he’s had autism for a while now, but it wasn’t until this week that he was officially diagnosed with autism. Although the majority of people have heard of autism before, not enough people understand exactly what it is. I had an idea of some of the aspects of autism before finding out that my little brother had it, but I really have learnt so much more about it recently. So seeing as it is World Autism Awareness Week I thought I would share with you what I know about autism as well as talking about some common misconceptions. I’m determined to raise as much awareness as I can!