Neurodiversity explains that neurological differences between humans are actually natural genetic variations. Accordingly, the neurodiversity lens concludes that “non-neurotypical” symptoms and behaviors are a reflection of different ways human behavior and functioning can be expressed. Hence, these symptoms and behaviors are not a “disorder” or something that needs to be “fixed”. In a nutshell, neurodiversity touts that differences are not defects. They’re just, quite simply, differences. Conditions that fall under the Neurodiversity umbrella include ADHD, Autism, OCD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Tourette’s, BiPolar, and Schizophrenia.
Neurodiversity has its roots in the social model of disability, which considers disability to be a civil rights issue. The social model rejects the notion that an individual must be “normal” to enjoy the full range of human experience, arguing that an impairment should not constitute a barrier to inclusion or access.
The term “neurodiversity” was coined in the late 1990s by Australian sociologist Judy Singer, who is autistic herself.
Singer, along with the American journalist Harvey Blume, recognized that what we call “diversity”, i.e. the variety we observe and value around us, can also be applied to people whose brains are different. These variations include autism, ADHD, the various forms of ‘dys’ (-lexia, -praxia, -calculia etc.), learning disability and more.
A Neurodiversity Affirming therapist is trauma informed, person-centered, and humanistic with an understanding that different neurotypes, such as ADHD or Autism, are not something that needs to be “cured” or “corrected”. They will also celebrate your strengths, help you to advocate for yourself, and become your partner in progress.
Neurodiversity Affirming Psychotherapy, PLLC is dedicated to providing diverse, equitable, inclusive, and affirmative care to the Neurodivergent community. We are here to help you embrace your differences, build upon your strengths, and improve executive functioning. We believe that you are the expert of your own life and we are here to help guide you on the journey to self discovery and acceptance. All of our therapists also identify as neurodivergent and have lived experience, in addition to their clinical training.
**Please note** We do NOT do comprehensive assessments for ADHD or Autism that would be necessary for an IEP or 504 plans.
We may be able to provide letters of reasonable accommodations for college and/or employment. This is determined based on individual need on a case by case basis.
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