Neurodiversity is the diversity of human minds and that brains and neurocognition vary among all individuals. All these variations are ‘normal’ and ‘valuable’ and are to be recognised and respected as any other human variation.
The term ‘neurodiversity’ was coined by the Australian sociologist Judy Singer in 1998, and stands in opposition of viewing people as ‘suffering’ from deficits, diseases or dysfunctions in their mental processing, and instead suggests that we speak about differences as they are special and make us unique.
The concept that people are naturally diverse learners is important for kids with learning and thinking differences. It can reduce stigma and the feeling that something is “wrong” with them, helping to build confidence, self-esteem, motivation, and resilience.