Six ways to support neurodivergent learners, workers: Opinion

Opinion Study

In response to a study indicating that 17% of the University of Calgary’s students are neurodivergent, Vanessa Kozielec (UCalgary) has shared six principles that can help support neurodivergent people in their learning and work environments. Kozielec draws on a recent presentation by Jay Haukenfrers and Dr Shane Lynch to summarize strategies and recommendations for each of the six principles: Communication, environment, structure, flexibility, connection, and emotion. On the topic of communication, for example, Kozielec highlights the importance of speaking clearly and asking about the individual’s preferred communication style. “Embracing these six key principles can significantly contribute to a campus environment that promotes well-being for all,” the author concludes.

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