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Neurodiversity

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Ali Hillman

on 8 November 2015

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Neurodiversity Defined:
Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds - the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species. - John Elder Robinson

Difference in thought process, learning style, and interactive preference.
Different Brains = Better World

Difference in thought process and interactive style allows for a greater depth of understanding and a diverse set of perspectives.
Neurodiversity Paradigm
A specific perspective on neurodiversity - a perspective or approach that boils down to the following three principles.

1
Neurodiversity is a natural and valuable form of human diversity.
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The idea that there is one “normal” or “healthy” type of brain or mind, or one “right” style of neurocognitive functioning, is a culturally constructed fiction, no more valid (and no more conducive to a healthy society or to the overall well-being of humanity) than the idea that there is one “normal” or “right” ethnicity, gender, or culture.
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The social dynamics that manifest in regard to neurodiversity are similar to the social dynamics that manifest in regard to other forms of human diversity (e.g., diversity of ethnicity, gender, or culture). These dynamics include the dynamics of social power inequalities, and also the dynamics by which diversity, when embraced, acts as a source of creative potential.
Neurodiversity

Thank you, VACUHO 2015!
Why It Matters - Big Picture


When do we use our brains?
How do we learn?(Style, processing speed,etc.)
How do we communicate?
How do we relate?
How do we experience purpose?


Why it Matters - RA Role

You are an educator
Curriculum(noun) Latin origin. Broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process. - Education.org
You are a listener
You are a communicator
You are a constant learner
So how do we impliment this paradigm or lens?

http://vark-learn.com/the-vark-questionnaire/
How does it manifest?


Sensory Issues
Processing Speed
Routine/Rigidity
Social Rhythm/Interpersonal Relationships
Study Habits
Self-Care

Neurodiversity
What is it?
Why does it matter?
How do we integrate it?
What questions do you have?
Workshop
Using the neurodiversity paradigm and your other skill sets as an RA, discuss the scenario you have been assigned.

Be prepared to give a very brief synopsis of your scenario and your chosen response.
Group 1) A roommate pair comes to you with a conflict. While one roommate wants the conflict resolved immediately, the other roommate seems disconnected and confused about the conflict. How do you address the scenario?
Group 2) A resident reports that their roommate is constantly turning off the lights when they are in the room, and that the roommate won't allow him/her to play music or watch TV at all. How do you address the situation?

Group 3) You notice that a resident seems to be very withdrawn and anxious in multiple social situations. This resident also tends to become very loud when interacting with others, often making folks uncomfortable with their volume. How do you address the scenario?
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