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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