As a Neurodiverse mum with three Neurodiverse boys, then I know just how hard it can be to support yourself and your children, as well as ensure that they receive the outside support and adjustments that will help them to thrive.
Different, not less!
As my youngest hit Year 1, I noticed he wasn’t reaching educational milestones quite as easily as his older brothers. I began to suspect he might have Dyslexia, however it wasn’t till the end of Year 2 before he was screened. Finally, in Year 3, he was formally diagnosed privately. Consequently, I asked my eldest two’s school to screen them. It turned out that my eldest has delayed processing and my middle son had mild dyslexic tendencies. Since then my middle and youngest have both been diagnosed with ADHD.
Getting a formal diagnosis has given the boys the ability to understand their learning differences and develop coping strategies. As a mum, it has allowed me to learn as much as I can to support and fight for my boys. Most importantly, it ensures they receive the right support at school and will do moving forward through life.
Kids Mental Health
With learning differences on the rise, and the pandemic having a real and devastating effect on children’s mental health; It is great to see schools and parents are beginning to focus as much on the well-being of their students, as their education.
There is a direct link between ND kids and lower mental well-being. I want children and their peers to be able to talk openly about their feelings, to each other; to teachers; and to parents.