What to Do If You Think You Are Neurodivergent

 

 

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:

 

  1. Take online quizzes on our website to see if you could be neurodivergent

 

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.

 

Autism: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/neurodiversity/autism/

 

ADHD/ADD: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/neurodiversity/adhd/

 

Dyslexia: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/neurodiversity/dyslexia/

 

Dyspraxia: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/neurodiversity/dyspraxia/

 

Dyscalculia: https://exceptionalind.typeform.com/to/iLxUk6

 

Dysgraphia: https://exceptionalind.typeform.com/to/Ugvtxx

 

Meares-Irlen Syndrome: https://exceptionalind.typeform.com/to/O2sF5W

 

Hyperlexia: https://exceptionalind.typeform.com/to/t2bJ81

 

  1. Consider getting a formal diagnosis

 

Please visit the following websites to find out how to get a formal diagnosis of a neurodivergent condition:

 

Autism

 

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

 

 ADHD/ADD

 

Simply Wellbeing Adult ADHD diagnosis in the UK: https://www.simplywellbeing.com/help-for-adhd/adult-adhd-diagnosis-in-the-uk/

 

Dyspraxia

 

Dyspraxia Foundation’s Advice for Adults – Do you think you have dyspraxia?:

https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/dyspraxia-adults/advice-adults/

 

Dyslexia

 

British Dyslexia Association Diagnostic Assessments: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/services/assessments/diagnostic-assessments

 

Dyscalculia

 

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/

Dysgraphia

 

Healthline’s What is Dysgraphia?: https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-dysgraphia

Meares-Irlen Syndrome

 

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

 

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.

 

  1. Available support after diagnosis

 

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/

 

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