What is Neurodiversity?

Prof Amanda Kirby explains Neurodiversity:

‘For too long, we’ve assumed that there is a single template for human nature, which is why we diagnose most deviations as disorders. But the reality is that there are many different kinds of minds. And that is a very good thing.’

Jonah Lehrer

Neurodiversity Children's Profiler

This profiler is aimed at parents or guardians for a young person from the age of 7 years to 16 years of age. There are three versions of this Profiler, depending on age and stage of the child: 

           o Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 years) 

           o Key Stage 3 (11 – 14 years) 

           o Key Stage 4 (14 – 16 years)

What areas does it look at?

The Neurodiversity Children's Profiler provides you with a picture of the young person’s strengths and challenges overall and is broken down into seven sections:

Emotions and Feelings Attention,

Organisation and Time Management

Speaking, listening and understanding Literacy

Memory, vision, auditory and senses

Physical coordination

Numeracy

It also provides a profile showing if there are traits associated with:

Dyslexia Dyspraxia ( also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyscalculia ADHD Autism Spectrum Condition Developmental Language Disorder

Will it give a diagnosis?

A diagnosis of a neurodiverse condition such as Dyslexia or ADHD can only be provided by appropriately qualified specialists. The report from the Neurodiversity Children's Profiler will confirm areas of challenges and strengths in different areas and note similarities of the pattern of traits relating to neurodiverse conditions. The Family Pathway Parent Coach, will work with you and your child, to interpret and understand the Profiler and gain life-changing insights that will support the personalised plan of practical strategies including advising on necessary adjustments that are suitable for home and school. This might also include making further referrals to include other professionals. The Parent Coach will work closely with the parents to develop the knowledge, language and skills, enabling parents to engage directly with school and other services to access relevant and meaningful support if needed. Where required, the Parent Coach will accompany the parent to meetings.

What do I get if I complete it?

You will have: An overall picture of your child’s ‘spiky’ profile. Parents will also be able to engage with a Family 

Pathway Academic Coach, who will work closely with your child in developing the confidence, skills and resilience to help manage their barriers, and gain independence for your child to thrive at home and at school.