Are You Neurodivergent? 

Understand How Your Brain is Wired

Women on the autism spectrum, working on a computer with multiple screens

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and respects neurological differences just as any other human variation. People’s brains are “wired” differently, but this doesn’t mean these differences are necessarily abnormal.

Neurological traits include people’s interpersonal skills, attention, mood, communication, behavior, sensory processing and learning. There are those that are considered “neurotypical” (individuals that are considered to be of typical or average developmental, intellectual and cognitive abilities), and those considered neurodiverse, such as autistic people (autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia and Tourette syndrome.

In reality, everyone is on some type of range or spectrum. For example, someone can have an intellectual disability or be cognitively gifted, but not be autistic, or other neurodivergence. A person can be autistic and have complex issues to the point then need total care and support. And there are also autistic people that may be highly skilled, have successful careers, are social and/or have long term partners and raising children. But they may have “invisible” challenges with a number of issues such as sensory overwhelm, social anxiety or a strong need for sameness.

Similarly, a person with ADHD can be so significantly impacted that without additional support, they have difficulty learning and maintaining healthy relationships. While another person with ADHD can have more mild symptoms, and develop strategies to minimize their challenges. It is not unusual for adults with ADHD to use what is often considered deficits to their advantage, such as jobs that require multitasking.

Gifted Individuals

Some people that can be considered neurodiverse are truly gifted. Below is a list of some of the famous and successful individuals that are suspected to be autistic, or have actually received that diagnosis.

They include Emily Dickinson, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Jane Austin, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Jerry Seinfeld, Greta Thunberg, Michelangelo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anthony Hopkins, Dawn Price-Hughes (anthropologist and ethologist), and Satoshi Tajiri (creator of Pokémon).

It is clear that neurodiverse individuals have contributed quite significantly to humanity. However, despite the stereotype, not every autistic person is gifted or excels in science and technology.

Careers

There are autistic people that have great strengths in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) as well as other creative fields, such as art, acting and music. They can be very successful in their careers, and the fact that they have specialized skills is often because of their neurology relative to being autistic.

Neurodiverse adults are often assets to their employers as some have amazing in-depth knowledge and focus on their areas of interest, and are detail oriented and creative. They tend to be rule followers, have excellent memories, and can be quite honest and direct. However, there are some individuals that may need additional support to be successful in their careers. In fact, technology companies are directly recruiting and supporting autistic people. It is a win-win situation as autistic individuals have been historically underemployed, but with the right supports, they are often excellent employees.

Diagnosing Neurodiversity

The diagnosing of neurodiverse individuals can actually be very beneficial. “Labeling” people has been seen as negative; that it means something is wrong and they are deficient. And, that the label can follow them through the rest of their lives.

However, everyone can benefit from understanding their own strengths and weaknesses. Having a “label” can actually be very clarifying. It’s not unusual for an adult to be very relieved when they find out they are autistic, or that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And, it is up to them who they want to share that with. Although in my experience, most people choose to let others know, and learn to understand that there is nothing shameful about how they are “wired”.

Final Thoughts

Most people that are neurodiverse have known that they are “different”. They often have low self-esteem from not being successful in school and not “fitting in” as a child – maybe even bullied.

Knowing that your brain is wired differently can be a huge relief. Then, as it is for everyone, it’s a matter of understanding your particular gifts and challenges. By identifying and accepting your challenges, you can learn to adapt and cope differently, versus thinking that you are somehow less than others.

For example, you may find that being in a crowded or noisy environment is overwhelming. So, instead of seeing that as a flaw or problem, accept that it has to do with how your brain processes input. Then, you can make the decision to spend less time in those environments, use ear plugs or headphones to minimize the external noise level, etc. You are not defective because of that. It’s a matter of taking care of yourself, and making choices that support you versus cause you more stress.

By understanding how your brain is “wired”, your life can significantly improve. You can move from surviving to thriving!

Do you think you may be neurodiverse and would like to learn more, and/or are you interested in coaching? Please contact us. We offer a free 15 minute introductory phone call, or you can request an appointment.

Are You Neurodivergent?

Understand How Your Brain is Wired

Women on the autism spectrum, working on a computer with multiple screens

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and respects neurological differences just as any other human variation. People’s brains are “wired” differently, but this doesn’t mean these differences are necessarily abnormal.

Neurological traits include people’s interpersonal skills, attention, mood, communication, behavior, sensory processing and learning. There are those that are considered “neurotypical” (individuals that are considered to be of typical or average developmental, intellectual and cognitive abilities),and those considered neurodiverse, such as people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia and Tourette syndrome.

In reality, everyone is on some type of range or spectrum. For example, someone can have an intellectual disability or be cognitively gifted, but not be on the autism spectrum, or other neurodivergence. A person can be autistic to a severe degree that they are nonverbal and need total care. And there are also autistic people that are highly skilled, successful, social and have long term partners and children. But they may have “invisible” challenges with a number of issues such as sensory overwhelm, social anxiety or a strong need for sameness.

 

Similarly, a person with ADHD can be so significantly impacted that without additional support, they have difficulty learning and maintaining healthy relationships. While another person with ADHD can have more mild symptoms, and have very few challenges. It is not unusual for adults with ADHD to have learned to adapt, and even use what is often considered deficits to their advantage, such as jobs that require multitasking.

Gifted Individuals

Some people that can be considered neurodiverse are truly gifted. Below is a list of some of the famous and successful individuals that are suspected to be autistic, or have actually received that diagnosis.

They include Emily Dickinson, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Jane Austin, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Jerry Seinfeld, Greta Thunberg, Michelangelo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anthony Hopkins, Dawn Price-Hughes (anthropologist and ethologist), and Satoshi Tajiri (creator of Pokémon).

It is clear that neurodiverse individuals have contributed quite significantly to humanity. However, despite the stereotype, not every autistic person is gifted or excels in science and technology.

Careers

There are autistic people that have great strengths in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) as well as other creative fields, such as art, acting and music. They can be very successful in their careers, and the fact that they have specialized skills is often because of their neurology relative to being autistic.

Neurodiverse are often assets to their employers as some have amazing in-depth knowledge and focus on their areas of interest, and are detail oriented and creative. They tend to be rule followers, have excellent memories, and can be quite honest and direct. However, there are some individuals that may need additional support to be successful in their careers. In fact, technology companies are directly recruiting and supporting autistic people. It is a win-win situation as people on the spectrum are often excellent employees.

Diagnosing Neurodiversity

The diagnosing of neurodiverse individuals can actually be very beneficial. “Labeling” people has been seen as negative; that it means something is wrong and they are deficient. And, that the label can follow them through the rest of their lives.

However, everyone can benefit from understanding their own strengths and weaknesses. Having a “label” can actually be very clarifying. It’s not unusual for an adult to be very relieved when they find out they are autistic, or that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And, it is up to them who they want to share that with. Although in my experience, most people choose to let others know, and understand that there is nothing shameful about how they are “wired”.

Final Thoughts

Most people on the autism spectrum have known that they are “different”. They often have low self-esteem from not being successful in school and not “fitting in” as a child – maybe even bullied.

Knowing that your brain is wired differently can be a huge relief. Then, as it is for everyone, it’s a matter of understanding your particular gifts and challenges. By identifying and accepting your challenges, you can learn to adapt and cope differently, versus thinking that you are somehow less than others.

For example, you may find that being in a crowded or noisy environment is overwhelming. So, instead of seeing that as a flaw or problem, accept that it has to do with how your brain processes input. Then, you can make the decision to spend less time in those environments, use ear plugs or headphones to minimize the external noise level, etc. You are not defective because of that. It’s a matter of taking care of yourself, and making choices that support you versus cause you more stress.

By understanding how your brain is “wired”, your life can significantly improve. You can move from surviving to thriving!

Do you think you may be “neurodiverse” and would like to learn more, and/or are you interested in coaching? Please contact us. We offer a free 15 minute introductory phone call, or you can request an appointment.

Are You Neurodivergent?

Understand How Your Brain is Wired

Women on the autism spectrum, working on a computer with multiple screens

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and respects neurological differences just as any other human variation. People’s brains are “wired” differently, but this doesn’t mean these differences are necessarily abnormal.

Neurological traits include people’s interpersonal skills, attention, mood, communication, behavior, sensory processing and learning. There are those that are considered “neurotypical”(individuals that are considered to be of typical or average developmental, intellectual and cognitive abilities),and those considered neurodiverse, such as people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia and Tourette syndrome.

In reality, everyone is on some type of range or spectrum. For example, someone can have an intellectual disability or be cognitively gifted, but not be on the autism spectrum, or other neurodivergent. A person can be autistic to a severe degree that they are nonverbal and need total care. And there are also autistic people that are highly skilled, successful, social and have long term partners and children. But they may have “invisible” challenges with a number of issues such as sensory overwhelm, social anxiety or a strong need for sameness.

Similarly, a person with ADHD can be so significantly impacted that without additional support, they have difficulty learning and maintaining healthy relationships. While another person with ADHD can have more mild symptoms, and have very few challenges. It is not unusual for adults with ADHD to have learned to adapt, and even use what is often considered deficits to their advantage, such as jobs that require multitasking.

Gifted Individuals

Some people that can be considered neurodiverse are truly gifted. Below is a list of some of the famous and successful individuals that are suspected to be on the autism spectrum, or have actually received that diagnosis.

They include Emily Dickinson, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Jane Austin, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Jerry Seinfeld, Greta Thunberg, Michelangelo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anthony Hopkins, Dawn Price-Hughes (anthropologist and ethologist), and Satoshi Tajiri (creator of Pokémon).

It is clear that neurodiverse individuals have contributed quite significantly to humanity. However, despite the stereotype, not every autistic person is gifted or excels in science and technology.

Careers

There are autistic people that have great strengths in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) as well as other creative fields, such as art, acting and music. They can be very successful in their careers, and the fact that they have specialized skills is often because of their neurology relative to being on the autism spectrum.

Neurodiverse adults are often assets to their employers as some have amazing in-depth knowledge and focus on their areas of interest, and are detail oriented and creative. They tend to be rule followers, have excellent memories, and can be quite honest and direct. However, there are some individuals that may need additional support to be successful in their careers. In fact, technology companies are directly recruiting and supporting autistic people. It is a win-win situation as people on the spectrum are often excellent employees.

Diagnosing Neurodiversity

The diagnosing of neurodiverse individuals can actually be very beneficial. “Labeling” people has been seen as negative; that it means something is wrong and they are deficient. And, that the label can follow them through the rest of their lives.

However, everyone can benefit from understanding their own strengths and weaknesses. Having a “label” can actually be very clarifying. It’s not unusual for an adult to be very relieved when they find out they are autistic, or that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And, it is up to them who they want to share that with. Although in my experience, most people choose to let others know, and understand that there is nothing shameful about how they are “wired”.

Final Thoughts

Most people on the autism spectrum have known that they are “different”. They often have low self-esteem from not being successful in school and not “fitting in” as a child – maybe even bullied.

Knowing that your brain is wired differently can be a huge relief. Then, as it is for everyone, it’s a matter of understanding your particular gifts and challenges. By identifying and accepting your challenges, you can learn to adapt and cope differently, versus thinking that you are somehow less than others.

For example, you may find that being in a crowded or noisy environment is overwhelming. So, instead of seeing that as a flaw or problem, accept that it has to do with how your brain processes input. Then, you can make the decision to spend less time in those environments, use ear plugs or headphones to minimize the external noise level, etc. You are not defective because of that. It’s a matter of taking care of yourself, and making choices that support you versus cause you more stress.

By understanding how your brain is “wired”, your life can significantly improve. You can move from surviving to thriving!

Do you think you may be “neurodiverse” and would like to learn more, and/or are you interested in coaching? Please contact us. We offer a free 15 minute introductory phone call, or you can request an appointment.