We are supporting Neurodiversity Celebration Week
What is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity refers to variations in the human brain that relate to sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. Whilst other commonly used terms may be perceived as negative, neurodiversity seeks to empower and promote the positive qualities possessed by those with a neurodevelopmental difference.
It’s estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) have neurodevelopmental differences, and would be considered as ‘neurodiverse’.
It promotes neurodevelopmental differences as natural and normal variations of the human genome. Encouraging the rejection of culturally entrenched negativity which has typically surrounded those that live, learn and experience the world in a particular way that is sometimes perceived as ‘different’.
Neurodiversity at Horizon
There is emerging evidence that suggests young people who have experienced early developmental trauma are more likely to have neurodevelopmental problems, potentially leading to one or more neurodiverse conditions.
Horizon’s Therapeutic Services team work closely with colleagues to identify behaviours and experiences of young people that are linked to specific neurodevelopmental differences. Whether a young person’s challenges and needs arise from developmental trauma, neurodiversity or indeed both areas, we explore and recognise the needs of each individual to ensure we appropriately support and nurture them.
At Horizon, our ethos is underpinned by our belief that each young person is unique and should be enabled to feel confident about their future, no matter what they have been through. This enables us to provide safe and nurturing home environments, innovative and inspiring schools and support and opportunities so that young people can get the positive start in life that they deserve.
“Awareness of neurodiversity amongst our young people, and ensuring their strengths and talents are celebrated, is key. If we work together to raise awareness, there’s no limit to the difference we can make. Together, we can work to change the narrative and to help the young people we support to truly thrive.” – Yvette Bates, Senior Forensic Psychologist at Horizon
For information, resources, tools and tips, visit: https://www.neurodiversityweek.com/