Have you ever struggled with reading and writing? Do you often find that you are clumsy? Do you find it hard to cope with crowds, bright lights, loud, sudden noises or social situations? Do you find it hard to focus or keep still? If you answered yes to any of these, you could be neurodivergent.
If you think you are neurodivergent, the following tips could help you:
The Exceptional Individuals website has quizzes for the following types of neurodivergence. Please note that you should only use these quizzes as indicators of neurodivergence, not formal diagnoses.
Meares-Irlen Syndrome: https://exceptionalind.typeform.com/to/O2sF5W
Please visit the following websites to find out how to get a formal diagnosis of a neurodivergent condition:
The National Autistic Society’s guide to Getting a Diagnosis for Adults: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/diagnosis/adults.aspx
April from Exceptional Individuals has made this visual guide on getting a diagnosis of autism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDF-SrKbJXU
Simply Wellbeing Adult ADHD diagnosis in the UK: https://www.simplywellbeing.com/help-for-adhd/adult-adhd-diagnosis-in-the-uk/
Dyspraxia Foundation’s Advice for Adults – Do you think you have dyspraxia?:
British Dyslexia Association Diagnostic Assessments: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/services/assessments/diagnostic-assessments
Halfpenny Development’s Recognising and diagnosing adult dyscalculia – a guide for employers and organisations: http://www.halfpennydevelopment.co.uk/blog/2017/11/recognising-and-diagnosing-adult-dyscalculia—a-guide-for-employers-and-organisations/
Healthline’s What is Dysgraphia?: https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-dysgraphia
Kent-Teach’.com’s Do you have Irlen Syndrome?: https://www.kent-teach.com/Blog/post/2017/08/17/how-do-you-know-if-you-have-irlen-syndrome.aspx
Hyperlexia UK’s Getting a diagnosis: http://www.spanglefish.com/hyperlexiauk/hyperlexia-gettingadiagnosis.asp
The NHS website also has web pages on how to get diagnosed with some of the aforementioned neurodivergent conditions.
If you are diagnosed with any form of neurodiversity, informing your friends, family and colleagues about it can help them understand your condition.
If you disclose your diagnosis to your manager or supervisor at work, they should be able to put reasonable adjustments in place and support you with your duties.
You can also book a workplace needs assessment with Exceptional Individuals through the following link: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/employers/work-place-needs-assessments/
The website Adjust has a list of Neurodiversity Training courses. They range from hour-long lunchtime courses to half-day courses. Adjust can also provide you with workplace consultancies. To find out more, please visit this webpage: https://www.adjustservices.co.uk/services/