Thursday, September 19, 2013

Neurodiversity and me

A few problem people from my past.
Neurodiversity is a term that is used to refer to a range of conditions such as those along the Autism spectrum (ie Autism, Asperger's Syndrome), Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD/ADD), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia. People with neurodiverse conditions have a different way of processing information, whether this is written or spoken language, visual imagery, understanding body language, facial expressions or tone of voice. It may also be about how someone interprets and makes sense of visual and spatial information i.e. the world.

Many neurodiverse people still remain undiagnosed, despite a better understanding of these conditions. Neurodiverse conditions will manifest differently in different people, and there are often overlaps in some of the symptoms. For a description of each of the conditions, err...go online somewhere.
So just like anyone else, people with neurodiverse conditions have strengths and difficulties, which will manifest themselves at times. Although there will be differences in each individual, some of the strengths and difficulties which may be displayed in life are set out below, so how do I do in this (?):

Strengths (Yes meaning I have this)

enthusiasm, creativity and originality - yes
accuracy - no
a good eye for detail  - yes
reliability, conscientiousness and persistence - yes
an excellent memory for facts and figures -yes
high levels of concentration - no
lateral thinking, seeing the "whole picture" - yes
high levels of technical ability, e.g. in IT – err…no
the ability to thrive in a structured, well-organised work environment - no

Difficulties (Yes meaning I have this)

short-term memory - yes
difficulties in following instructions or keeping up with oral discussions - yes
maintaining concentration –yes
organisation, prioritising, time management - no
cluttered desks, filing problems – yes
reading, writing and spelling – yes
coordination, e.g. typing or handwriting –yes
communication problems - yes
judging distance, time etc - no
over or under-sensitivity to touch, light, temperature, noise - no

End Result? - inconclusive but there are a few significant signs.

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