We appreciate, value and support neurodiversity.
At the same time, we understand the need for neurodivergent children and adults, regardless of their age, to seek assessments and diagnoses of what are currently classified as neurodevelopmental 'disorders'.
We do not consider neurodivergent children and adults to be disordered: we appreciate their uniqueness and their strengths, as well as their difficulties.
Nevertheless, a most important part of our professional service is to provide the formal assessments that will help referrers make decisions regarding so-called neurodevelopmental and other disorders, where such diagnoses are unfortunately still required for additional support: eg by Department of Education, Centrelink, NDIS, etc:
It is our hope that within decades, neurodivergence will no longer be classified as disorders, certainly not as 'mental disorders', and that neurodivergent children and adults, of all ages, will receive support based on need, not based on diagnosis.
In the meantime, we recommend the book, 'Kids in the Syndrome Mix ...' (2nd Edition). Each chapter focuses on a specific area of divergence and associated challenges, providing information as well ideas and strategies for support.
You might also be interested in reading Neuroinclusive Stories, such as the one below:
Kids in the Syndrome Mix