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.
Kids in the Syndrome Mix