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  • Writer's pictureNormanie Ricks

What is Neurodivergence?

Neurodivergence is a term that has gained recent popularity. It is being used to describe an individual whose brain doesn’t function in a “neurotypical” manner. This may be differences in social preferences, ways of learning, ways of communicating and/or ways of perceiving words and pictures.

Examples of conditions/labels that come under Neurodivergent are Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia or Meares-Irlen Syndrome.

Individuals who are “neurodivergent” can benefit from occupational therapy and vision therapy and live happy, fulfilling, and highly functional lives.

One of my favorite books to read to my young clients is “Dyslexic Legends Alphabet” by Beck and Robin Feiner. It highlights legends such as Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso who were also neurodivergent individuals, yet brilliant minds.

One of my other favorite books to share with my clientele is “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. He has written this amazing series for children and for adults. These great reads are about fostering positivity, overcoming challenges, finding success, and creating change in this world regardless of your circumstances.

I love this quote by Dr. Maureen Dunne, Senior Advisor and Special Educational Needs and Disability Expert, “When neurodivergent children are understood, valued, and empowered, everyone benefits from their important, and often, extraordinary contributions. Neurodivergent inventors, scientists, and artists have reshaped entire industries.”

As an individual who is very passionate in helping people succeed with the three D’s (dyspraxia, dyslexia and dysgraphia) as I call them, I LOVE MY JOB!

To learn more about how BBRS can provide you the care you deserve, please schedule an appointment here.

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