Inclusion + Belonging = Wellbeing
As social creatures, we all have an inherent need to belong – to a family, a team, a tribe and a purpose. When we’re welcomed into the group, accepted for our strengths and challenges, and appreciated for our different ways of thinking, when people ‘get us’ and when we are shown empathy and understanding – we experience a real sense of belonging.
And when we feel we belong, we can relax, focus and speak without fear of being judged.
People showing neurodiverse traits, and by the way that’s around 40% (Dr Amanda Kirby, CEO of The Dyscovery Centre for children and adults with developmental disorders notes that – 20% diagnosed and estimate it is twice that) of our population, can find it hard to attain this sense of belonging unless those around them and their environment is understood and recognises their differences.
When we have a sense of belonging,our strengths and true talentscan really shine
DivergenThinking can help every member of your team feel this incredible sense of belonging. We call it ‘GETTING GOT’ and it forms the basis of our approach.
Neurodiversity in the Young
From a very young age, neurodiverse individuals don’t feel they fit in at school and the community – they’re outside looking in on an education system that doesn’t recognise them because they sit outside the box.
Neurodiverse individuals tend to struggle with social norms and few schools teach social skills as part of their curriculum. This leads them to struggle with connecting and making friends from an early age.
From that point, those around them tend to view them as different or loners, and then we see bullying behaviours begin which only go further to alienate these children and deter them from wanting to go to school.
Up to 75% of school children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are likely to have been bullied.
Growing Up with Neurodiversity
Neurodiverse individuals grow up struggling to focus in class which leads to poor grades and an inability to go onto university which in turn affects the persons prospect of finding a job. Sadly, the final outcome is all too often time spent in prison, let down by those around them.
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