Dawn, Bright Horizons Early Childhood SEND Director shares 5 top tips on how to talk to your little one about neurodiversity…
The brain is an amazing organ, and no two brains are alike. Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. People naturally think about things differently. We all have different interests and motivations and are naturally better at some things and weaker at others.
When people are described as neurotypical, it means that the brain functions and processes information in the way that society expects. It is estimated that around one in seven people (more than 15 per cent of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that their brain functions, learns and processes information differently and this person sees the world in a different way.
People who are neurodivergent are often diagnosed with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or Tourette’s as these differences are more pronounced.
People who are neurodivergent may need some adjustments to their environments to help them. At Bright Horizons, we acknowledge our neurodivergent children and staff and make adjustments to enable them to flourish. This may be by providing a quiet place to work or unwind or giving them breaks if they find the busy rooms challenging.
Why is it Important to Talk to Your Children About Neurodiversity?
Just as its important to talk to your child about how people and families come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours, its is also important to let them know that people can think and feel differently too. It is never to early to talk about this together, as the more they know about the differences between us, the more they will understand and accept other children and adults who are not like them.
5 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Neurodiversity