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Celebrating Children With Neuro-Divergence

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Celebrating Children with Neuro-Divergence

The term "neurodivergent" came from the related term "neurodiversity." Judy Singer, an Australian sociologist, coined the word "neurodiversity" in 1998 to recognize that everyone's brain develops in a unique way.

Individuals with Neuro-Divergence often experience differences in mental function, learning styles, sensory processing, communication styles and behaviors. They may struggle with soft skills such as emotional intelligence, social interactions, or the ability to work effectively in a group.

Below are some conditions that fall in the category of Neuro-Divergence

  • ADHD: Individuals may have difficulties holding their attention and managing thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): It includes a broad range of conditions that may include challenges with socializing and social skills, cause repetitive behaviors and trigger speech difficulties, which in some cases, may lead an individual to communicate only nonverbally.
  • Dyslexia: This can include guesses at words, mirror writing, letter reversals, ignores punctuations while reading, missing to give adequate space between words, as well as confusion with letters or misunderstanding of word organization or pronunciation, and trouble following directions.
  • Dyscalculia A misunderstanding of math concepts, such as confusion when reading numbers and symbols, an inability to consistently remember numbers, math facts, rules and procedures, or trouble with mental figuring.
  • Dysgraphia. A learning disability that involves writing, such as unusual pencil grip and body position, illegible handwriting, and an aversion to writing or drawing.

Neuro-divergent children often think, and process information differently compared to their neuro-typical peers. This can manifest in many ways, such as having heightened sensory sensitivities, difficulties with social interactions, or exceptional skills in specific areas. It is crucial to recognize that neuro-divergence is not a flaw or deficit; it is simply a different way of experiencing the world.

The Importance of Support

While celebrating neurodiversity is essential, it is equally important to provide the necessary support and resources to neuro-divergent children. This includes creating inclusive educational environments, offering specialized therapies and interventions, and promoting awareness and acceptance in society. By doing so, we can ensure that every child, regardless of their neurology, has equal opportunities to succeed and lead fulfilling lives.

Society often holds misconceptions and stereotypes about neuro-divergent individuals. It is our responsibility to challenge and break these stereotypes. By sharing personal anecdotes and stories of neuro-divergent children and their achievements, we can help shift the narrative and promote a more accurate and positive understanding of neurodiversity.

"Celebrating children with neuro-divergence is not just about acknowledging their challenges; it is about recognizing and celebrating their unique strengths, talents, and perspectives."

By embracing neurodiversity, we create a more inclusive and compassionate society that values every individual for who they are. Let us celebrate the wonderful diversity that exists among children and support them in their journey of growth and self-discovery.

Topics & Speakers
  • Dr.Rajeshwari N
    MBBS, DCH, MD (PEDIATRICS), PGD (DEVELOPMENT NEUROLOGY)
    Medical Superintendent, CHIEF CONSULTANT - PEDIATRICS
    Neurodivergence: A Growing Challenge
  • Ms.AKSHAYA KARTHIKEYAN
    M.Phil(CP)
    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
    Celebrating Children With Divergence Through Effective Parenting
  • Ms.KRISHNA PRIYA P
    MASLP
    SPEECH THERAPIST
    Celebrating Children With Divergence Through Effective Communication
  • DR.RHEMA REJOICE MATHAI P
    BOT
    OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
    Celebrating Children With Divergence Through Self-regulation

Followed by panel discussion by panel Experts

Moderator
  • DR.PRAHADA.J
    MBBS, DNB(PAEDIATRICS), MRCPCH(UK)
    CONSULTANT - PAEDIATRICIAN
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