Each of us is unique with different neuropsychological strength and difficulty.
Those living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and Tourettes are therefore not ill or unwell, but merely experiencing life differently due to natural variations in how their brain works.
While the movement of neurodiversity is imperative in order to help people living with neuropsychological differences have a fair and equitable life, it would be incomplete if not to acknowledge that access to clinical support services does not always help people move forward with their life in a positive way.
The lack of access to timely support clearly forms part of the issue, and indeed it is also becoming recognised that people can leave support services feeling incredibly disempowered. This can often ensue from an approach that prioritises difficulty and disorder over strength and ability, which in itself blocks – or makes more arduous – the journey towards a happy, healthy and peaceful life.
We believe that everybody should have timely access to support when it is needed, and we will always aim to meet that as a service.
We will always ensure that we understand the whole profile and person that we are working with. While it is true that will involve identifying and thinking more about the difficulty and what keeps it going, much of our work will also focus on finding what makes life possible through ascertaining the hidden strength and talent. This holistic approach will form the map to guide the journey ahead, and it should also ensure that nobody leaves service with a problem-saturated narrative.
It is undeniable that in order to support those accessing our service move beyond that which is making life difficult, there also needs to be close collaboration between our team and those we are privileged to work alongside. We will draw upon our specialist knowledge of neurodevelopment when it is helpful to do so, and we will always advocate that it is those that we are working with whom are the true experts of their own lives.