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My Cycle of Neurodiversity Affirming Support (a.k.a. the Hexagon of Helpful Support…)

by Adina Levy

I wanted to share with you my Cycle of Neurodiversity Affirming Support – specifically thinking about therapists and our process when we support neurodivergent kids.⁠

I’m teaching all around this hexagon in the Affirming Communication for Autistic Children Course, but I thought I’d share this with you here to give you an idea of how I see it all connecting up.⁠

When we do assessments for neurodivergent kids, these are not isolated blips in time to tick off a box. The whole assessment process has huge implications for how we proceed with our relationship, advocacy and support for our ND kids.⁠

Sure, funding (insurance, NDIS, school funding etc) plays a part in how we do our assessments but this is not the main story here.⁠

Thus why my funding bubble is off to the side… We consider it, but it’s not our main focus.⁠

The assessment feeds into how we set goals, write reports, and then these in turn impact what the support for ND kids looks like.⁠

Our reports are such a powerful space for education and advocacy, and I really encourage you to use these documents to document the child’s story, your observations and analysis etc… but also use the report as a way to share the Neurodiversity Affirming approach with families, teachers, other therapists, paediatricians… the world!⁠

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my Hexagon of Helpful Support (I nearly called it this, but I didn’t… Maybe I should?!)⁠

If you’re a speech therapist and this model is tickling your brain a bit, check out my Affirming Communication for Autistic Children Course!

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