Aspiedent's Blog



Celebrating Superpowers Is Damaging Diversity & Inclusion
Jul 8, 2022, 4:19 PM
With the rise in popularity of the American science fiction TV series Stranger Things, and the recent release of Season 4 Volume 2, now is the perfect time to raise awareness of the danger of glorifying superpowers. Why being a neurodiverse person with a superpower is not a positive association to make for many, and why the term 'autism is a superpower' actually puts many autistic people at an even greater disadvantage.
The relationship of dyslexia, ADHD, and dyspraxia to autism
Jun 24, 2022, 3:33 PM
It is common for people diagnosed with Autism to also be given diagnoses for other neurodevelopmental conditions such as Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, and ADHD. This blog post explores why this is the case. It turns out that the causes of the symptoms for these conditions are included within the causes of the symptoms for autism. The problem is that autism is an umbrella term that encompasses a vast range of difficulties. Having further diagnoses helps to narrow down the difficulties so that more targeted interventions can be put in place.
Intelligence in Autism: Superpowers?
Jun 10, 2022, 4:15 PM
There is often a misconception that many Autistic people have what appears to be 'superpowers', but this really isn't the case. While we can give examples of autistic people who have superpowers, this is actually rare. Most autistic people do not have superpowers. For those who do have superpowers, it is not always clear whether these are innate or as a result of an aptitude that has been very well developed. It is not uncommon for Autistic people have an uneven ability profile. This can make the results of IQ test meaningless.
Intelligence in Autism: The Impact of Processing Issues
May 19, 2022, 3:25 PM
We discuss how many autistic people are categorised as having lower intelligence than they actually have. A few even get categorised as having a learning disability, but then go on to get a PhD! If someone has a processing difficulty regarding what’s going on around them, struggling to process speech and unable to hold a conversation, it doesn’t mean that they don't have a high level of intelligence. If they get the opportunity to learn about something that interests them, there is no reason why they shouldn't do well in an appropriate job – or even get a PhD!
Diversity of Thinking in the workplace
May 6, 2022, 4:15 PM
It is widely recognised that having diversity of thinking in your team improves problem solving and innovation. What about multi-disciplinary working - how does that work within a team? Can you deliberately build diverse and balanced teams that incorporate many different ways of thinking? Can you get them working together effectively, or will there just be loads of misunderstandings? This blog post discusses diversity of thinking for multi-disciplinary working, what happens if your employee has an uneven ability profile (which is common in autism and neurodiversity), and how to go about building balanced, diverse, and effective teams.
A Mother Reports on the Impact of an Autism Profile
Mar 29, 2022, 2:44 PM
A first hand account of the impact of an autism profile on a boy and his mother. The impact on the boy now having a way to describe his experience of the world and how he is feeling is profound. The impact of the mother now understanding her son has been life changing for both of them.
Neurodiversity Profiling for Children
Dec 10, 2021, 6:49 PM
The right interventions at the right time during child development can significantly change outcomes for children as they grow into adults. A neurodiversity profile or autism profile gets behind the symptoms and considers all of the child’s underlying issues. For example, it takes sensory issues and cognitive issues and connects them to create a coherent whole. Then, the recommendations provided after the assessment will work for that particular child’s profile.
Benefits of Neurodiversity Profiling for Businesses
Dec 3, 2021, 7:53 PM
Personality profiling tests are big business. Businesses see the value in understanding their leaders and managers. Whether this is to facilitate better working relationships, foster productive teamwork, or to identify talent, it’s not an alien concept. But what about Neurodiversity Profiling? I like to think about neurodiversity profiling as the NextGen personality profiling.
Do you have delayed processing?
Nov 26, 2021, 8:27 PM
Do you ever get told a joke and it takes a day to get it? Delayed processing is an issue commonly found in autism, but can be found in anybody. This blog post talks about the difference between slow processing of incoming information and delayed processing. Although they may sound similar, they are actually very different issues. Perhaps you have delayed processing.
Possible job roles for people with slow processing
Nov 19, 2021, 6:13 PM
This blog post discusses potential job roles for people with slow processing of incoming information. Jobs for people with slow processing speed or a slow processing disorder do not have to be low paid or boring! Slow processing issues are often found in autism and neurodiversity.