(18th – 24th March, 2024)

Have you ever wondered about neuro-divergence? Are you curious about conditions such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia?

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You might have heard the word “neuro-divergence” before but not known exactly what it means. To be neuro-divergent or neuro-diverse is to have some unique differences in the way your brain thinks and processes information.  Some examples of common neuro-diverse conditions include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Dyslexia. 

For example, these are some behaviours or skills that can sometimes be suggestive of neuro-divergence:

  • hypersensitivity to visual details
  • more rational decision-making
  • the tendency to not finish tasks
  • an interest in creative/non-mainstream careers
  • interrupting people or “blurting out” information
  • ability to “think outside the box” (lateral thinking)
  • having encyclopaedic knowledge in a particular area

Do you think you or someone you know might be neuro-diverse?

You might like to see your GP to arrange an assessment with a professional qualified in diagnosing neuro-diverse conditions (e.g., like a psychologist or neuropsychologist). 

But first, you can take some screening tests to gain an idea on whether or not you might have conditions like ASD or ADHD. It’s important to note that these are screening tests only and do not constitute an actual diagnosis, but they can be helpful in identifying some thought processes and behaviours associated with these conditions. Visit the website below to take some of the most common tests used to screen for neuro-diversity.  If you are looking to assess a child, you will need to see an appropriately qualified child psychologist who is skilled in understanding neuro-divergent presentations in children.

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