A neurodiverse child thinks differently – not just because of differences in culture or life experience, but because their brains are “wired” to process information and think differently. It’s important to understand that a neurodiverse child has different strengths and challenges from people whose brains don’t have those differences. Some differences may include learning disabilities, medical disorders and other conditions. Strengths may include better memory, solving complex mathematical problems in their heads, and being able to mentally picture three-dimensional (3D) objects easily. Neurodivergent isn’t a medical term. Instead, it’s a way to describe people using words other than “normal” and “abnormal.” That’s important because there’s no single definition of “normal” for how the human brain works.
No one should be alone on the challenging journey of parenting a neurodiverse child who struggles with executive function skills!