Autism and neurodiversity

I have a special interest in neurodiversity, which includes autism spectrum conditions, ADHD, and dyslexia. I use the social model of disability in my work, which means I acknowledge that many of the difficulties the neurodiverse community experience relate to the way that our society is structured with neurotypical individuals in mind. So for example, autistic people often experience distress if their environment is not accommodating of communication differences, or sensory sensitivities, and in this sense the environment can be said to cause their distress rather than autism. My work with neurodiverse individuals often focuses on building confidence and self esteem, exploring identity issues in people who are recently diagnosed or waiting for assessment, and finding ways around barriers to the kind of lives they want to live. I am particularly experienced in working with late-diagnosed autistic people, and I am happy to use either identity- or person-first language depending on peoples’ preferences.