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The Pocket Guide to Neurodiversity

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At least one in seven people are thought to be neurodivergent. So what exactly is neurodiversity? What does 'executive functioning' mean? What are 'spiky profiles'?

In this simple guide, expert speaker and trainer Daniel Aherne provides a clear introduction to neurodiversity and the four most common neurodivergent identities of autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Using an analogy of a cactus needing a desert to grow in, he emphasises the importance of getting the environment right for neurodivergent people, rather than expecting them to adapt to the neurotypical world. Daniel, who himself has ADHD, also explains how neurodivergent people often have great strengths alongside areas of difficulty, and writes about the interplay between diagnoses, as well as unpacking tricky concepts such as working memory, sensory processing, communication differences and more.

Busting common misconceptions and setting out simple tips and guidance for supporting the neurodivergent people around you, whether among your family, friends or at your school, college or workplace - or if you yourself are ND and want to improve the understanding of others - this essential guide will help us all celebrate neurodiversity and foster more inclusive communities.
  • Published: Jan 19 2023
  • 214 x 136mm
  • ISBN: 9781839970146
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Press Reviews

  • Charli Clement

    This is a great introduction to the complex world of neurodiversity. Every classroom should have a copy, for both educators to learn the basics from, and young people to begin understand themselves or others. The moments for reflection are going to be crucial for many individuals to think about changing their lives and those of others.
  • Dr Lisa Harkry (CPsychol, FHEA)

    A gripping guide to neurodiversity - Daniel clearly explains ADHD, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia and provides a fresh, lively and personal account of human differences. A must-read for employers and educators with practical suggestions provided through a lived experience perspective. A true celebration of the power of thinking differently.
  • Georgie Siddall, Parent, Carer and Facilitator for Families in Focus Early Years Parent Network

    I wish this 'guide to Neurodiversity' was available when I started to navigate and appreciate how my son experienced 'the world differently to other people'. Daniel simply and concisely highlights key considerations that everyone should have an awareness of that can have a positive impact and be more neuroinclusive.
  • Felizitas Lichtenberg, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at SumUp

    In our society, many stigmas and stereotypes still exist around neurodivergent people. This is due to a lack of awareness, understanding and societal expectations. With his fantastic and much needed work, Daniel creates not only awareness about the often unspoken, but he also challenges us in our thinking and encourages us to focus on the strengths and abilities of people that are neurodiverse. Featuring successful people that are neurodivergent gives hope and confidence to those that have never seen themselves in such positions and to the families that often feel they do not fit in the society. This book should be a must read for everyone - from teachers, families, leaders to any neurodivergent people that struggle with understanding why they seem to be different. The book gives a great understanding of different types and helpful guidance. At the end, we are all different and a more neurodivergent environment also helps to create an environment in which we all can thrive.
  • Professor Lynn Martin, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

    This essential handbook works well for managers across all sectors. Clear and concise, it makes lively reading for managers and co-workers alike and offers an excellent go-to guide for better workplaces. Understanding neurodiversity is your first step in managing staff to improve their work life and yours, increasing team achievements and your organisation's performance targets.
  • Brad Taylor, Founder of Strategically People

    Daniel Aherne's 'Pocket Guide to Neurodiversity' takes a thoughtful and insightful approach to guiding the reader into the rewarding opportunities available to employers in embracing the richness of neurodivergent people within their organisation. Daniel is an expert at gently guiding us, with kind curiosity, into the world of people with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. He provides moments for deeper reflection and consideration as to how we can all play a part in enjoying workplaces that benefit from their talents and are respectful of their needs. With his ability to help us challenge our misconceptions, Daniel provides us with a multitude of ideas to make the workplace more inclusive for neurodivergent colleagues. As an HR professional and a father to a wonderful autistic son, I wholly recommend this book as a must-read.
  • Marianne Eloise, author of Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking

    Filled with personality, humour and humanity, Daniel Aherne's The Pocket Guide to Neurodiversity smashes stereotypes and assumptions while gently prompting neurotypical people to reconsider their prejudices. Aherne's light voice makes a complex topic accessible, and this book will make the workplace of those who read it more accessible in turn. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand and nurture themselves and the people around them