Neurodiversity Friendly Schools Program
Flagship Program of Neurodiversity Education Academy
Recent science has a lot of insight to offer on how learning takes place in the brain and how to better support this for students with Dyslexia. HSP, Autism, ADHD or learning disabilities. Many of those approaches benefit all students. And there are ways to design and leverage the classroom environment and structure assignments and supports in such a way that each student can work from their strengths.
This shift means schools and teachers need to be ready to help each student thrive. They will need practical, applicable strategies to teach for different abilities, play to students’ strengths and help students build social emotional skills and grow to provide peer support to each other. They often cannot do this by helping them get to a place where the way teaching and interaction is designed is infused with an understanding of neurodiversity and of different strengths distributions across pupils. As the program advances they begin to see how these differences can be leveraged to learn from each other and with each other.
Once the awareness and understanding of neurodiversity is there, teachers can often adapt what they already know in new ways to vastly improve their approach for those students that may otherwise be left behind and become discouraged or even drop out.
adding special programs on top of the usual. We recognise teachers already have a lot on their plate. We need to empower them to make small yet impactful shifts that help them to provide this to their students with ease. We do this by helping them get to a place where the way teaching and interaction is designed is infused with an understanding of neurodiversity and of different strengths distributions across pupils. As
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
This program is for teachers and schools that are interested in improving their learning environment to suit more children and support them to grow. We are all neurodiverse! But some of us are more different than others and can really struggle to succeed in more old-fashioned educational systems.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Every student deserves a classroom environment that supports their unique strengths, helps them ‘ learn to learn’ and gives them vital skills to prepare them for continued education and the world after school. Current approaches are tailored too much to helping the average student while school are expected to cater to a more divergent population as more and more countries take action to avoid isolating students with special needs to seperate school when they could benefit from being in a diverse classroom with other students.
Who We’ve Worked With
EQUAL BRIGHT SCHOOL OF MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES
LA VERTICE SCHOOL
Angeles City, Philippines
OUR CORE PILLARS
The Neurodiversity-Friendly Schools Program is a 3-year track program.
Year 1: Awareness Building
Year 2: Capacity Building: Teachers Professional Development Plan
Year 3: Schoolwide Participation: School-wide Implementation Plan
The Year 1- Awareness Track involves going through the following monthly core topics.
Introduction to Neurodiversity
An introductory workshop on what Neurodiversity is all about and the topics covered in the Neurodiversity-Friendly Schools Program.
Strengths-Based Approaches to Neurodiversity
How might we create a learning environment that uses a strengths-based perspective rather than a deficit based one? In this workshop, we introduce the importance of strengths based classrooms.
Social-Emotional Learning in a Neurodiverse Classroom
How can we deepen our understanding and application of SEL practices in the classroom to meet the needs of all neurotyoes? This is the core exploration in this topic.
Introduction to Executive Functions in the Classroom
What are the fundamental skills needed to function independently? EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS are skills that students need to function independently.
Collaborating with Coaches, Mentors and Other Professionals
How might we amplify the work that we do in the classrooms? In this core pillar, we explore the importance of collaborations with other professionals and how to fully make use of additional support.
The Importance of Niche Construction
How might we use niche construction in the school environment? What is niche construction in the first place? We will explore the use of niche construction and the benefits it provides in a neurodiverse school environment.
Personal-Development Co-Design Session
What goal(s) are you setting for your classroom to become more neurodiversity friendly next school year? How will you design an experiment, track progress and extract learning as you go?
Showcase and Celebrate
For Neurodiversity Pride day, we will celebrate the end of the program with a showcase of learnings and insights from the teachers and also present teachers their badges.
Get in Touch With Us!
Interested to become a neurodiversity-friendly school? Connect with us to find out how we can support you, your students, teachers and parents.