According to the Department of Education, 15% of students in the UK have a learning difference. Sienna Castellon is the founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week and one of the 15% of students in the UK learning with a difference. Neurodiversity Celebration Week was celebrated earlier this year (March 16th – 20th) just as the UK was facing unprecedented times as we entered a nationwide lockdown.
Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about it; it refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. Most people are neurotypical, meaning that the brain functions and processes information in the way society expects, however, it is estimated that around 1 in 7 (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently.
As those who are more neurodiverse aware were celebrating such differences, unimaginable regulations were being put into place, including the closure of our schools. While for some SEN (Special Education Needs) students schools were not entirely closed, many children who fall within the Neurodivergent spectrum were faced with adjusting to learning at home and their regular routines diminished. While we can all recognise this has been a testing time, for people living with autism, dyslexia or ADHD for example, it is increasingly more difficult. Parents of neurodiverse children have had to find new ways of creating structure and schedules to ensure self-isolation and staying at home can work for their families.
If you are wondering how you can support a loved one caring for neurodiverse children or want to increase your awareness have a look at the helpful websites and articles below or enrol on one of our distance learning courses. Not only will you be improving your awareness, you will be contributing to a more accepting and positive neurodiverse society.
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