“Neurodiversity” describes the different ways brains develop, which result in different strengths and challenges related to thinking and learning. Some people call these differences “different educational needs”, “special educational needs’ or ‘additional support needs”. You may have heard of conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Continuum or Dyslexia. Learning about specific conditions can help teachers, but it is important not to stereotype or label learners – all learners can show neurodiversity at times, especially in new situations. Neurodiversity is not the same as disability – some neurodivergent learners may have disabilities but others may not. We hope these ideas help you to make your remote teaching more supportive and encouraging for neurodivergent learners.
Author: Joanne Newton y Hafiz Furqan Bashir