Many people with neurodiverse conditions go undiagnosed for many years before learning about their condition and beginning to find their strengths and coping mechanisms. During these years they can self-label (or be labelled by others) as ‘stupid’ and take to avoiding challenging tasks in self-defence.
Nicola James from Lexxic argues that the most important journey for someone who is neurodiverse is the internal journey from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’. Once accommodations are made in their workplace and coping mechanisms are established, they can begin to focus on what they’re good at, rather than what they struggle with.
This is the key to making the most of some of the truly unique talents of neurodiverse individuals, according to Lexxic – a team of psychologists who support organisations to develop environments where neurodiversity can flourish.