How do we consider neurodiversities in our teaching and learning?

April is a month dedicated to Autism Awareness, so you may be asking what can I/we do, and how can I/we be doing this as an ongoing practice, rather than just as a notion this month? How can we rethink the idea of Autism Awareness Month in its beautiful blue hues, as a prompt for us to educate ourselves, advocate for inclusive policies, and celebrate the unique strengths of neurodiverse individuals, and neurodiversities in our teaching and learning in Early Childhood.

Through tailored approaches of inclusivity and accessibility, educators can nurture not just cognitive growth but also awareness, empathy, and moreover, respect. Understanding neurodiversities that celebrate the spectrum of minds, weaving threads of compassion and consideration into the fabric of community/ies. Consider Autism Awareness Month, as a time to illuminate the beauty of neurodiversities, and, in the realm of Early Childhood, inclusion blooming as a guiding light. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) V2.0 embraces this ethos, nurturing environments where every child thrives.

Autism Awareness Month

How about this year creating actionable change and asking children and communities living with autism-

  • What should I/we know?
  • What can I/we do?
  • What can I/we say to be helpful and supportive

(ASPECT Australia)

Consider:

‘Look it Up’ & try looking at neurodiversities from a different perspective – do something fun like hosting or participating in a Silent Disco!!!!

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