Neurodiversity & Neurodivergent: Meanings, Types & Examples

Find out more about the different types of neurodivergence.

 


Neurodiversity definitions...


Neurodiversity

Noun: The diversity or variation of cognitive functioning in people. Everyone has a unique brain and therefore different skills, abilities, and needs.

Neurodiverse

Adjective: Describes the diversity and variation of cognitive functioning in people. Neurodiverse is typically used to describe neurodivergent people.

Neurodivergence

Noun: Cognitive functioning which is not considered "typical". For example, autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic people.

Neurodivergent

Adjective: Describes people who have a neurodivergence.

What does it mean to be neurodivergent?

Someone who is neurodivergent behaves, thinks and learns differently compared to those who are neurotypical. This term can be used to describe an individual whose brain functions differently to what we consider “normal”. This includes people with autism, ADHD, Tourette’s, dyslexia and a range of other neurodiverse conditions.


How do you know if you're neurodivergent?

If you think you may be neurodivergent, there are lots of resources and support that you can access. You might find it helpful to take one of our neurodiversity quizzes to gain a better understanding of which traits you have.

The results of these quizzes don’t count as a diagnosis, but you can take your results to the doctor to help explain why you believe you may be neurodivergent. If appropriate, your doctor can refer you to a specialist for a formal diagnosis. 



What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity Definitions and Different Types
“Neurodiverse” refers to a community of people whose members are neurodivergent.

Neurodiversity is an approach to education and ability that supports the fact that various neurological conditions are the effect of normal changes and variations in the human genome.

ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia all fall within the spectrum of “Neurodiversity” and are all neurodiverse conditions.

Neuro-differences are recognised and appreciated as a social category similar to differences in ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or ability.

For example, a condition such as dyslexia is an integral part of a person. To take away their dyslexia is to take away from the person.

Types of Neurodiversity

 
 



Neurodiversity Quizzes


Do you have any neurodivergent traits? Take our quizzes and find out.