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Neurodiversity refers to differences in human brain functioning with regards to sensory processing, learning, socialization, mood, and other forms of mental processing. Neurodiversity is a viewpoint that is non-pathologizing. Instead, a neurodiverse perspective considers differences in brain functioning to be a natural part of the human experience. Neurodiversity would argue that there is no one “right” way for your brain to work, but many unique ways. Some aspects of neurodiversity may be challenging, like language processing problems, while other aspects of neurodiversity may be strengths, like having an exceptional memory or attention to detail.
Neurodiversity is often used in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is one type of neurodiversity, however there are many more including but not limited to ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Tourette’s Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and some developmental disorders.

Terms to Know:

Neurodivergent – A person whose brain functioning differs from what is considered “normal.”

Neurotypical – A person whose brain functioning is considered “normal.”

Neurodiverse – A group of people with different brain functioning.

Neurodiversity – A movement of inclusivity of all individuals with diverse brain functioning.

Self-Referral Questions:

Have you noticed differences in your neurological functioning?

Are you wanting to explore the way your neurodiversity affects your identity?

Are you looking for a safe space to explore your unique perspective?

Do you want to become more aware of your strengths and challenges?

Are you wanting to use a strengths-based approach to analyzing your neurology, adaptability, or functioning?

Do you want to help others in your life better understand how to support you?

Are you looking for a counselor who will use inclusive, non-judgmental language (person-first or identity-first per your preference)?

Are you looking to improve your communication with those around you?

Are you looking to build skills based on your unique strengths?

Would you like help understanding and supporting a neurodiverse friend or family member?

Neurodiversity Support:

Connecting with a professional who is knowledgeable about neurodiverse perspectives can play an important role in developing a positive neurodiverse identity. Support for neurodiverse individuals may include:

  • Counseling
  • Counseling with your family members
  • Group counseling
  • Self-care (sleep hygiene, exercise, nutrition)
  • Social support/Engagement with other neurodiverse individuals
  • Education and empowerment
  • Stress management and reduction
  • Problem solving
  • Skill building
  • Theory of mind/Perspective taking
  • Assertive communication training
  • Self-advocacy assistance
  • Assistance navigating community resources
  • Emotional support animal/service animal

If you would like to explore your neurodiversity or engage in problem-solving connected to your unique neurodiverse experience, please connect with Lacamas Counseling for professional therapeutic support to address your needs and goals.

Additional Resources:

What is Neurodiversity — Neurodiversity Hub

What is Neurodiversity? – Harvard Health