With the start of the school year (in the Southern Hemisphere where I am) and with the changes of routine that many neurodivergent kids are experiencing, now is SUCH an important time to ensure that you’re sharing affirming messages that validate their experiences, emotions and perspectives.
Here are some ideas of what neurodivergent children need to hear from you (as an important adult in their life):
“I understand that feels gross to you. Let’s get rid of it”
“I hear you. That was hard and you’re feeling upset”
“I love the way your brain works”
“You deserve to be treated with kindness”
“I get it. Sometimes I also find it super exhausting being around lots of people”
“I love how you’re so into space travel. Tell me more about it!”
“It’s okay to ask for help. We all need help sometimes”
“It’s okay to take breaks / use your ear muffs / get your fidgets out whenever you want. Your comfort is important.”
What would you add to this? What do the neurodivergent kids in your world need to hear most?
If you’re an Allied Health Professional and you’re keen to learn more with me, I hope you’ll join me for a free webinar – Neurodiversity Affirming Practice Kickstart: 3 Actionable Tips to do Today.
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