NeuroDiversity

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We are all NeuroUnique and on the HumanSpectrum

Yes, we are! 

However, the world is at war about NeuroDiversity labels. They fight about the meaning of the terminology and if it is fitting or not. They fight about what may or may not be the causes off. They fight about who is guilty of creating the causes. The fight about who knows better than who about it all. They even fight about the word NeuroDiversity, which is also a movement of sorts, but firstly a word that uniquely describes different neurological diverse conditions.

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It seems that only people with book knowledge (in other words; degreed with pedigrees kinda people) have the power to decide what it is or what it is not and how to treat or not to treat those whose brains are differently wired, who are bright and quirky and who really innovate and creates in away typicals can only dream off.

Crazy!

One would think that the person living with it daily would know and understand more, but we are at peace here.  While they fight out there, we decided to focus on the positive of it all and move on. They go round and round in circles with mostly fluff-science, no real evidence-based. Just a circle of more circles of maybe’s or perhaps circles and most likely’s circles. As I said, fluff-science! While they play ring-around-the-rosies with this and that theory, we move forward living the best life we can by being SimplyUs.

But then, what is NeuroDiversity?

NeuroDiversity includes autistic and allistic people.  Autistic are those who are diagnosed or self-identified to have autism but prefer the term autistic.  Allistic are those who are not autistic, typical and atypical.  Autistics are not typical, thus they are for sure NeuroDiverse and can be 2e, but not all autistics are 2e.

Neurotypical (typical) refers to people who experience cognitively, socially and emotionally “neurologically typical” development. About 80% of all people are neurotypicals. These people are in the “middle” of the bell curve. 

The other 20% of people are neurodivergent (atypical) that has brain-based challenges such as ADS, ADHD and who do not experience cognitively, socially and emotionally “neurologically typical” development, they are slower than their peers on so many levels

Only about 1% of neurodivergent people are Twice exceptional (2e). Twice exceptional (2e) people are, by their very nature, NOT neurotypical and ARE outside-the-box learners. Twice exceptional (2e) people are neurodivergent, thus, they are NeuroDiverseautistic or allistic.

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“The neurodiversity paradigm is a fairly new and different way of looking at Autism and other human neurocognitive variations. This paradigm frames neurological diversity as being similar to gender or ethnic diversity.” 

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12 thoughts on “NeuroDiversity”

    1. I am so thankful that the Venn Diagram is helpful and hopefully helped you understand people around you more 🙂

    1. psychology is a complex field, but really intrigues me so much, you are welcome to invite her to the post 😉

  1. I always learn something new reading your informative posts. I’m familiar with the terms neurotypical and neurodiversity, but seeing your diagram about the 2e convergence of Allistic and Autistic (& all the terminology w/in them) is more enlightening.

    1. Thank you for this encouraging compliment. My hope is to share information that will bring knowledge & understanding that will create acceptance and adaption.

  2. While I’m considered to be neurotypical I know that I am certainly not typical.
    I have my issues that I’d love to be able to shed but have carried with me throughout my life. While I am quite old in years I am young in my mind & thought process.
    I don’t know if I know or have met many people who are what neurotypical is meant to depict.
    We are all human & should be loved & understood for who we are.
    Keep writing Willa. Thank you for another thought provoking interesting article

    1. My dad always said, you are only old the day you lose the child within you 😉 When your generation and even my generation kids grew up, we did not have the knowledge we have today, that is why my hubby and I were only diagnosed at age 44. The day we met you, hubby and I said you are “one of us” thinking that you might be on the spectrum or have ADHD 🙂

      I know many on both sides of the spectrum and a few who are both sides, but I do find that the NeuroDivergents works harder to accept and adapt to the NeuroTypical’s than vs 🙂

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