Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do-IT Solutions., Campaigner for Neurodiversity, Medic, Knowledge Translator, researcher.

This is my latest iteration of showing some (but not all) of the common Neurodivergent conditions and associated conditions that are often spoken about.

The central part of this focuses on some (not all) strengths associated too.

The diagnosis of conditions is still associated with challenges in specific areas despite conditions co-occurring and some traits being seen in more than one condition.

Dys=difficulties

This a deficit model that can lead us to feel shame, othered and different!

We are all neurodiverse but some of us don’t fit within the social construct of education and employment settings (and society) and as a consequence find it harder to showcase skills and abilities as a consequence. This can have a secondary impact on confidence, self esteem, relationships and wellbeing.

Some people also have multiple areas of adversity in their lives and this can reduce the opportunity to gain support, recognition and where needed/wanted a diagnosis of one or more conditions.

Services are often operating in silos resulting in people at times being misunderstood, misdiagnosed or diagnoses being missed.

We too often operate a tight medical model which is not the actual reality!

Please see my LinkedIn Neurodiversity 101 newsletter’s where I go into far more detail and provide evidence for taking a biopsychosocial person centred approach.

  • ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • APD – Auditory Processing Disorder
  • ASC – Autism Spectrum Conditions/ Disorders
  • ARFID – Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • BD – Bipolar Disorder
  • BECTS – Benign Epilepsy with Centrotemporal Spikes
  • BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder
  • CP – Cerebral Palsy
  • DCD – Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • DLD – Developmental Language Disorder
  • HI – Hearing Impairment
  • JHS – Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
  • OCD – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury
  • VI – Visual Impairment

 

Neurodiversity Co-occurrence Map

 

Blog Author

I am Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do-IT Solutions a tech-for-good company that delivers thought provoking consultancy and neuroinclusive guidance and training. We have developed cutting edge web-based screening tools that have helped 10s of 1000s of people. We strive to deliver person-centered solutions relating to neurodiversity and wellbeing.

I am a mixed bag of experiences and skills, an odd ball… and have 25+ years of working in the field of neurodiversity.

I am a medical doctor, Professor, and have a Ph.D. in the field of neurodiversity; parent and grandparent to neurodivergent wonderful kids and am neurodivergent myself.

Theo Smith and I wrote the UK award-winning book Neurodiversity at Work Drive Innovation, Performance, and Productivity with a Neurodiverse Workforce. My 10th book came out called Neurodiversity and Education in March this year. Excitingly, Theo and I have another book coming out next year!

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