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Embracing and Celebrating Neurodiversity  

by | Nov 7, 2023 | Neurodiversity | 0 comments

This school year, we started something new! All Prepared School Psychologist members have access to our exclusive mini-courses, where members can earn CEUs or a certificate of completion for learning about specific topics related to the field of school psychology! Yesterday, we released a brand new mini-course all about neurodiversity-affirming practices for school psychs! 

Did you know that the neurodiversity movement has its own symbol? Contrasting the widely recognized puzzle piece emblem associated with autism, the neurodiversity movement embraces the rainbow infinity symbol. This shift signifies a profound departure from the notion that we must “fit together,” highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of each individual. Join us as we explore the significance behind this choice and gain valuable insights from neurodivergent voices.

Symbolic Significance: From Puzzles to Infinite Possibilities

The transition from the puzzle piece to the rainbow infinity symbol represents a seismic shift in how we view neurodiversity. Autism Speaks, an influential organization, played a pivotal role in popularizing the puzzle piece as the symbol of autism. However, the neurodiversity movement has challenged this notion, advocating for the rainbow infinity symbol instead. This shift arises from a belief that individuals should not be viewed as pieces to be fitted together but rather as beautiful and unique in their own right. It serves as a powerful reminder that neurodivergent minds are not problems to be fixed but rather sources of strength that enrich our communities.

Advocacy and Empowerment: The Role of School Psychologists

As school psychologists, we carry a significant responsibility in advocating for neurodivergent individuals. We are often referred to as the gatekeepers of special education, making decisions that have a profound impact on students’ lives. Understanding the weight of labels and the power of language is crucial in our role. Whether working with preschoolers or older students, the message remains consistent: differences are not deficits. Each individual, regardless of neurodivergence, brings invaluable strengths to our communities. By recognizing and celebrating these unique qualities, we can uplift and support neurodivergent students, fostering an environment where they can thrive. 

The journey from the puzzle piece to the rainbow infinity symbol encapsulates the essence of the neurodiversity movement. It urges school psychs and other educators to see individuals as they truly are: unique and inherently valuable. As advocates for this movement, school psychologists have the power to shape narratives, challenge stereotypes, and create inclusive environments. Let’s continue championing the cause of neurodiversity, ensuring that every student is celebrated and supported on their path to success.

Want access to this exclusive mini-course PLUS over 10 other mini-courses with new mini-courses releasing every month? Join the Prepared School Psychologist Community today! 

This mini-course will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to support your neurodivergent students and create an inclusive learning environment. You’ll learn about the neurodiversity movement, the significance of the rainbow infinity symbol, and how to develop neurodiversity-affirming practices in your school.

Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn in this mini-course:

What is the neurodiversity movement? Why is the rainbow infinity symbol a powerful symbol of neurodiversity? How can you develop neurodiversity-affirming practices in your school? How to create an inclusive classroom environment for neurodivergent students. How to advocate for neurodivergent students and families.

In addition to the mini-courses, members of the Prepared School Psychologist Community also get access to:

  • Monthly live Q&A calls with Jenny Ponzuric and her team of veteran school psychologists
  • On-demand support videos
  • A private community where you can connect with other school psychologists and ask your questions
  • Report templates and other documents to save you time

Join the Prepared School Psychologist Community today and get FREE access to our suite of mini-courses, plus so much more!

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