top of page
  • Writer's pictureSarah Alix

Considerations to a Neurodiversity Approach in Education

Considerations to a Neurodiversity Approach in Education – a taster of some points from my new book

• We could argue that everyone is neurodivergent in their own way as everyone has individual processing differences, as we all have unique fingerprints or shade of eye or hair colouring

• The education model is designed to accommodate the broadest category of differences, that of the neurotypical learner – which accommodates 60-85% of the population

• UK studies show that between 15-20% of the population are neurodivergent

• The education system currently is one of a medical model, there is a right way of functioning and processing (the majority/neurotypical) and anyone that deviates has something wrong with them – an impairment, deficit, disorder

• The medical model aspires towards normalisation, symptom reduction, elimination of conditions, omit unwanted behaviours

• Neurodiversity challenges this model, and that there is a ‘right’ way to function or process

• Slorach (2016) considers that the differences in neurocognitive functioning are a natural human variation, and should be recognised as this

• Difference is not a disability in itself, it is the way in which the social context and interactions are valued by a neurotypical society. Those who are neurodivergent do not conform to the ‘typical’ and can result in being discriminated against or become disadvantaged

By taking a neurodiversity approach to SEND, we are viewing a normal set of differences which should be respected, as all other differences are (gender, race etc) when we work with pupils in school. It is a way of being, who we are.

Ref: Slorach, R. (2016) A very capitalist condition: a history and politics of disability. London, Bookmarks Publications.

40 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) What is Pathological Demand Avoidance? Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is the avoidance of some of the everyday demands in life. For example, avoiding homework,


bottom of page