In today’s diverse environment, it is crucial to cultivate an inclusive environment that supports learners of all neurodivergent backgrounds.
In this blog post, we’ll explore five ways to support neurodiversity in a college setting.
Did you know that 1 in 5 people are neurodivergent? Neurodiversity refers to the different ways a person’s brain processes information. Our brains affect how we experience the world around us and how we react to it so it’s important to recognise and value these natural variations.
Types of Neurodiversity
ADHD – attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
ASD – autism spectrum disorder.
Dyspraxia – developmental coordination disorder.
Tourette’s – a condition of the nervous system.
Dyslexia – affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
Dyscalculia – difficulty in understanding numbers.
Five Ways to Support Neurodiversity in College
Educate – Neurodiversity is a subject many people will not be familiar with so understanding the term is a great first step to a neurodiverse-friendly environment. Research more into neurodiversity and resources that can be provided.
Adopting a “can do” approach – Colleges can create a more neuro-inclusive and accepting environment that values diversity and promotes equity.
Provide accessible resources – Ensure all resources are accessible for neurodivergent learners as it may be difficult for them to process and understand information. This may involve using large text or Braille, short sentences, easy-to-read images, and no jargon.
Respect individual differences – Different learners (whether neurodivergent or neurotypical) may have different learning and working styles. Recognise these, and provide options to embrace them to ensure every learner reaches their full potential.
Ensure a seamless transition – The transition from college to a new environment can be very difficult and challenging for neurodivergent learners. Equip learners with an understanding of the upcoming changes to ensure they are well-informed and have a clear expectation of what lies ahead. It’s helpful to provide as many resources and advice as possible to ensure each learner feels supported and ready to embark on their next steps.
What we offer at Landmarks
At Landmarks, we celebrate the uniqueness of every individual’s journey, embracing a diverse range of learning styles and abilities. Friendly staff and safeguarding leads are on hand to support neurodiversity in our college to enable our learners to thrive.
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