Neurodiversity and Neurodivergence
There is a range of neurological function in any class of students (neurodiversity), and these differences are evident in the individual ways that they take in and process information, perform in writing and in conversation, and regulate behavior and attention. Included in that range of functions is “neurodivergent” functioning that differs from what is typical. Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia are examples of neurodivergence. Neurodivergent students may face challenges throughout their academic lives, and they often bring unique gifts to the table, such as exceptional creativity, self-motivation, deep curiosity, attention to detail and perseverance.