Neurodiversity is a term that many of us in the corporate world are becoming familiar with. But what is neurodiversity, and why is an understanding of how to nurture the broad spectrum of talents associated with non-typical thinking styles, so crucial for organisational effectiveness?championing

In this paper, we aim to shed light on these questions, by bringing together two different, but complementary perspectives on supporting the development of those who fall within this grouping.

Jo Maddocks, Chief Psychologist at PSI, shares a case study on how an Emotional Intelligence-based development programme deployed within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) sector, with a high representation of neurodivergent participants, resulted in significant improvements in participants’ perceptions of their own personal and interpersonal intelligence and capabilities.

Cathy Harris of Keychange Coaching and Renée van der Vloodt describe the challenges neurodivergent employees may face in organisational life and how these can negatively impact on people’s mental health. They highlight the importance of creating a workplace climate which allows those with different gifts to flourish and the cultivation of skills in emotional self-regulation and healthy coping strategies.

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