The Power of Understanding Neurodivergence

For neurodivergent individuals, an assessment may be the first step towards understanding their unique brain wiring. A diagnosis may feel like a revelation that provides context to their experiences, behaviours, and interactions with the world.

"Diagnosis is the start, not the finish, of the journey" - Hayden.

"On the day I received my diagnosis, it's funny, because I remember walking home,
and immediately that the world just seemed different. It looked different, and I felt different, and it's like the whole world just made sense." - Angie

This newfound understanding can be liberating, and a relief for those who have felt misunderstood their whole lives. Neurodivergent individuals may find that many challenges they've faced throughout life, from social interactions to educational or workplace struggles, suddenly make sense after a diagnosis.

Neurodivergence refers to variations in the human brain regarding mental functions and highlights the diversity of neurological activities. The term "neurodivergent" is often used to describe individuals whose brain functions differ from what is considered neurotypical. This difference is not necessarily pathological; instead, it's seen as a natural variation within the human population.

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that encompasses presentations including Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia. A diagnosis may provide a deeper understanding of self and allow tailored support systems to be established going forward.

Potential Post Diagnosis Support

*Please note that support structures for neurodiverse individuals may not be universally applicable or accessible. The suitability and availability of these supports can significantly differ based on each individual's unique neurodivergent profile, personal circumstances, and the specific severity of their needs.

Potential Support Structures for Neurodiverse Children and Loved Ones*

Potential Support Structures for Neurodiverse Adults*

  • Housing and accommodation services: Some individuals may be able to access Independent Living (SIL) under NDIS, offering support for neurodiverse adults in living independently.
  • Support with tertiary education: Providing educational adjustments at University or TAFE, tutoring, and mental health support.
  • Employment support through services such as Disability Employment Services (DES) that help adults find and keep jobs, and support workplace adjustments
  • Skill development programs, focusing on life skills, vocational training, and independent living.
  • Social and interest-based groups
  • Legal and Advocacy Support: Access to legal advice and advocacy regarding rights and accommodations in the workplace or education system.
  • Therapeutic Services such as Psychotherapy, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy