The Rise of Neurodiversity in Literature and Media by Amber Lee Dodd
This article has been published on the Federation of Children's Book Groups website. It begins:
At school, I was plagued with the feeling of being different. As a student with dyslexia and dyspraxia, I struggled with reading and writing, was put into the special needs classes and always seemed to get everything wrong. Like most neurodiverse people, I constantly felt my brain just wasn’t wired up in quite the right way.
It was also something I saw in the students I worked with as a Learning Support Assistant. Some of them had also been diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia, others were on the autistic spectrum and some had ADHD. There were also many other students who unfortunately didn’t have a formal diagnosis, but were put under the vague umbrella of learning or emotional difficulties. But all of them shared something in common, they understood the world differently. That is quite simply what neurodiversity means, a different way of thinking and processing information