Tag Archives: AD(H)D

Neurodiversity and Social Exclusion

What do we know?

Dyslexia and neuro-differences are over-represented in the offender population (52%[1]) and among people who are long term unemployed (av. 28%[2]) compared to the working population (8%-10%[3]).

What are the issues?

Most projects to date have tackled literacy, which is expensive, time consuming and produces few solid successes. However, recent research suggests that literacy is not the most prevailing issue for adults with neuro-differences .[4]Literacy issues are a symptom, not a cause.  Poor ‘working memory’ and ‘processing speed’ are the […]

What’s working well in coaching:Reading

Reading for Speed and Retention

1) Make the environment more diversity friendly. Ask yourself what needs to happen for my focus and attention to be better and download information into memory? Do you need a quiet space, headphones or music? Does your phone and email need to be off?

2) How do I make the document friendlier? You can change the font, size and colour (i.e. Tahoma 12 in leaf green,) use reading/screen filters and change the spacing to 1.5 […]

Reducing distractions and improving focus

What’s working well in coaching: Improving focus

Our clients commonly find that they have difficulty focusing, which means that they may procrastinate and be less likely to look after themselves by taking a break. In our coaching, we will talk about 360° of distraction and explore strategies for improving focus and attention.

People with Neuro diverse conditions (like Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Disorder) find it hard to filter out the irrelevant information surrounding them, meaning that they become easily distracted and […]

Matter over mind: feeding your brain

As a Psychologist, I’ve spent many years studying the brain.  One thing that’s always struck me, is how dependent the brain is on what we feed it.  Hormones, glucose, exercise, vitamins, minerals; all these things are vital to brain function.  It’s not just a case of mind over matter. The other thing I’ve noticed is the how we commonly mistake things that are happening in our brain as being caused by the brain only.

Many of us look for psychological reasons […]

What was that?

It has been found that those who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD find it harder to filter out irrelevant information from their environment. Other people may be able to block out noise, movement and other things going on around them; however, people with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD may pay just as much attention to them as they would to say the conversation they are having. This means that they have less attention available to focus on the task in hand.
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