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Neurodiversity: Cultivating positive mindset in individuals with autism

ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
May 26, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Acceptance of autistic traits is crucial but what if a more strategic step is considered? Let neurodiversity cultivate a positive mindset in people with autism

The neurodiversity paradigm has revolutionised the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because previously viewed as a pathology requiring correction, the neurodiversity movement emphasises the inherent value of atypical neurological processing. Acceptance of autistic traits is crucial but what if a more strategic step is considered further?

Neurodiversity: Cultivating positive mindset in individuals with autism (Photo by RDNE Stock project on Pexels)
Neurodiversity: Cultivating positive mindset in individuals with autism (Photo by RDNE Stock project on Pexels)

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Sankalp Mohan, Senior Consultant - Neurology at Paras Hospital in Gurugram, explained, "Think of it as a world where autistic individuals not only feel accepted but empowered to thrive with their unique neurology. This perspective shift necessitates a move beyond mere acceptance towards actively cultivating the unique potential inherent in ASD. Traditionally, interventions for autism have focused on minimising "problem behaviours" and teaching autistic people to fit into a neurotypical world. This approach can be stressful and ultimately limit an individual's potential. To address this, it is essential to view autistic strengths– like intense focus, detail-oriented thinking and passion for specific interests – as valuable assets."

By adopting a neurodiversity-affirmative framework, educators and support professionals can transform these strengths into powerful assets. Dr Sankalp Mohan elaborated, “Imagine, for instance, an autistic student with a profound fascination for historical figures. Curriculum design could leverage this interest, incorporating detailed timelines and in-depth analyses of historical events. Science lessons could be reframed as intricate puzzles, encouraging meticulous observation and problem-solving. When learning aligns with intrinsic motivation, engagement and academic achievement demonstrably improve.”

Talking about the benefits of neurodiversity extend beyond the educational realm, Dr Sankalp Mohan said, “The meticulousness and focus characteristic of ASD can be invaluable assets in the workplace. Many autistic individuals excel in roles requiring precision, data analysis, or adherence to protocols. Organizations that embrace neurodiversity can create work environments that cater to sensory sensitivities and promote focused work, unlocking the immense potential of autistic employees. Social interaction and communication can be significant hurdles for some individuals on the autistic spectrum. However, support and strategies can be implemented without negating the autistic experience.”

He concluded, “Social skills training can focus on navigating social situations in a comfortable and authentic manner, promoting effective communication without demanding rigid conformity. In conclusion, a neurodiversity-affirmative approach to ASD acknowledges the inherent strengths and unique perspectives of autistic individuals. By fostering a growth mindset, providing appropriate support, and cultivating these strengths, we can empower individuals on the spectrum to not only exist within a neurotypical world, but to truly flourish and contribute their remarkable talents.”

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