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WHAT DOES NEURODIVERSITY AFFIRMING CARE MEAN?

WHAT DOES NEURODIVERSITY MEAN?

Noun: The diversity or variation of cognitive functioning in people. Everyone has a unique brain and therefore different skills, abilities, and needs.

WHAT DOES NEURODIVERGENCE AND NEURODIVERGENT MEAN?

Neurodivergence: Noun: Cognitive functioning which is not considered Neurotypical. For example, autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic people.


Neurodivergent: Adjective: Describes people who have a neurodivergence.

WHAT DOES NEURODIVERSITY AFFIRMING MEAN?

We recognize that any resulting disabilities from neurodivergence is rooted in societal barriers and not as individual deficits.  We believe that neurodivergence should be celebrated and supported through a strengths based approach. When a neurodivergent individual experiences challenges, our counselling approach is not to force the individual to change, but to instead adapt their environment and learn specific skill sets in order to foster their own interpretation of success.

HOW ARE YOUR PRACTITIONERS' PRACTICES NEURODIVERSITY AFFIRMING?

Each of our independent contractors are trained in Ross Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Approach (CPS model) because "Kids do well when they can"- Ross Greene. We work with parents and youth to communicate, connect and collaboratively problem solve unmet expectations and address lagging skills. 

Many of our practitioners also have specialized training certificates in areas of Neurodivergence such as Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity. Each practitioners has engaged in professional development in neurodiversity affirming (Neuroaffirming) practices while all practitioners are committed to continued Pro D in this area. In addition, many of our practitioners have lived experience with a neurodivergent diagnosis and/or have close family members who are ND. To learn more about each individual practitioners' education, background and how they incorporate neurodiversity affirming practices within their work you can review their profiles here and/or E-mail them your questions prior to booking an intake session. Many of our practitioners also offer 15 minute free consults where you can ask them how they personally incorporate neuroaffirming support within their practice.
 

Each practitioners uses a strengths based, trauma-informed approach to help individuals and families find solutions that fit their unique needs in addition to other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Narrative Therapy and more. 

Watch this short video to learn more about what Neurodiversity affirming practice looks like

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