What does it mean to think differently?
We all have our own perspective on the world. Each of us think, learn and work in our own way. Neurodiversity is a term often associated with diagnoses such as dyslexia, autism and ADHD – to name only a few.
But the differences that each of us can experience, even within the same diagnosis, vary from person to person. However, there are some common differences that neuro-different people can experience across specific areas, including; Cognitive differences, Behavioural differences, Personality differences and Social differences.
Neuro-different individuals are also more likely to experience mental health issues, so it’s important to be aware of how these differences can co-occur and compound the barriers that we face.
Cognitive differences, or cognitive diversity, is one of the most important areas of neurodiversity because it relates to how we process information, learn new skills and interact with the world around us.
The diversity of human thinking should be celebrated! We need different thinkers to offer creative solutions and new ways to approach many of the complex problems we are facing as a society.
In this way, neurodiversity is also a term with a social mission centred around removing the stigma and discrimination that many of us face because of our natural neurological differences.