NDIS Therapeutic Interventions for Neurodivergent People

Hi - I'm Nicolle Griffin - I'm a Psychologist, and a neurodivergent person. I provide neurodiversity-affirming NDIS therapeutic interventions for people with NDIS plans.

​Neurodiversity-affirming means that I understand ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and other neurodivergence to be natural differences in human development.

I do not treat Autistic people, ADHD'ers or Dyslexic people as though they have 'disorders', 'deficiencies' or 'conditions' that require 'treatment' or 'management'.

You are not broken.

You do not need to be fixed.

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Neurodivergent people are differently wired

Neurodivergent (ND) people and neurotypical (NT) people have different strengths, difficulties and needs - we are just wired differently. If you like computer metaphors, it is like we each have a different human operating system.

 

If you prefer animal metaphors, comparing neurotypical people to neurodivergent people is like comparing cheetahs and domestic cats - cheetahs are not 'better' cats - they are completely different types of felines.

Not better, not worse, just different.

You wouldn't expect a cheetah to be able to force itself into the life of a domestic cat and be mentally healthy (and I especially hope you didn't think that I'd cast neurotypical people in the role of the cheetah in a cheetah/domestic cat metaphor) and similarly,

You can't expect a neurodivergent person to force themselves into the life of a neurotypical person and be mentally healthy.

 

I hope I am not the first person to say this to you... but... there is no medication, therapy, intervention, skill or strategy in the world that can make you neurotypical when you are not neurotypical. You will always function like a neurodivergent person... because you will always be neurodivergent - and that's a good thing.

Neurotypical is over-rated.

But it's okay if you can't see it yet, I promise. Many people experience a period of grief before, during or after their neurodivergency is confirmed. And others just experience relief - however you feel is okay - there are no right or wrong feelings.

If you are grieving for the loss of the neurotypical life you thought you were going to have, you can talk to me about it. We can spend as much time as you need to exploring this loss.  And then, when you're ready, we get on board the acceptance train, because what we do next is to help you create the best neurodivergent life you can imagine (or one you can't even imagine just yet).

Neurotypical Psychology says:

Work on your 'disorder' - improve your ADHD/Autistic/Dyslexic 'symptoms' by acting more neurotypical! Let us help you correct your wrong thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you feel less stressed, anxious and depressed     #neurotypicalgoals #neurotypicalconversiontherapy

Neurodivergent Psychology says:

Accept yourself - you don't have to try and pretend that you're neurotypical anymore. You are a complete person right here, right now - yes, even with your difficulties. You will continue to experience stress, anxiety and low mood when you ignore your neurodivergent needs and force yourself to endure the neurotypical world without support. When you understand yourself, you will know how to reduce and minimise neurotypical-induced stress. You will be able to make informed decisions about how to spend your time and what you need to look after yourself - in any situation.      #neurodivergentgoals 

What are neurotypical conversion therapy goals?

"Any goals that value or prioritize you acting like a neurotypical person".

Goals that aim for you to suppress or mask your neurodivergency are not good goals!

 

What does this look like IRL? Well, it really depends on your unique personality and pattern of strengths and difficulties. What makes a goal appropriate and worthwhile VS what makes a goal inappropriate or harmful depends on your needs - every neurodivergent person is different.

 

But to give you an idea of NT conversion therapy goals - here are some examples of goals that neurodivergent people may bring to therapy (consciously or without awareness) - as a result of years / decades / a lifetime of internalized shame about their neurodivergency.

  • ​Sit still in meetings/lectures/dull conversations without fidgeting or stimming and without getting bored, restless or falling asleep.

  • It's X o'clock - everyone else is focusing on their work / school work / dull housework chore right now - you need to focus and stay on task - don't let yourself get distracted.

  • Look people in the eye - it's rude not to look at people when you're talking.

  • You can't just say what you actually think - people will be offended. 

  • You need to spell, write, speak or move 'well' or 'the right way' - that's how everyone else does it, that's how you should do it too.
  • Why are you getting so upset? You're too sensitive! You need to learn not to be so emotional. 

  • You need to get out more. You need to go make lots of new friends.
  • You or your child take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to go to sleep? Have you tried a bedtime routine? You're clearly doing something wrong.
  • Why are you wasting so much time on the computer/phone/console/books? You should be out doing 9 different sports, hobbies and social activities a week - seize the day!

  • Your diet is very restricted. You need to learn to eat a wide variety of foods and textures. 

  • You need to be more organised. You just need to use a watch / clock / diary / calendar / to-do-list - it's easy - just write it down.

  • It's not that loud / bright / smelly / touchy / bad-tasting - toughen up. 

  • You just need to try harder, put in more consistent effort and take responsibility for yourself.

  • Oh, you'd like an assessment for neurodivergency? That's cool - you just need to call and speak to someone you don't know to make an appointment, then print these forms that we email/give/snail-mail to you, then fill them in, don't lose them, scan them and email back to us, or, remember to physically bring them to your appointment with you. And don't forget the appointment or arrive late!!

If you are good at detecting patterns in information (and I have a feeling you are...), you may notice that the kinds of goals that neurotypical people think are a valid and worthwhile use of our time..... are mostly goals focused around us being less annoying to them - or - just more like them. 

Q: Why are neurotypical goals a problem?

A: Because we are not neurotypical.

Appointments and Fees:

Initial appointment:
$250.00 for 50 minutes.

Subsequent appointments:
$220.00 for 50 minutes.

Some people I meet have been formally identified (read: diagnosed) as part of the neurodivergent community, and others strongly suspect they are and would like confirmation (read: assessment).

 

You don't need formal identification to access neurodivergent NDIS therapeutic supports, if you have an NDIS plan for psychosocial disability or another disability, you are welcome to book an appointment. 

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