Neurodiversity in the workplace
- Face-to-face (Half or full day for <15 people)
- Live virtual (3hrs for <15 people)
- Conferences and events (<500 people)
- Webinar (1hr for <1000 people)
- With or without actors
- Fully customisable
Neurodiversity refers to the natural range of difference in human brain function. Although there is broad diversity across the population, some individuals are affected by neurological differences that make it particularly challenging for their communication, self-expression and interactions with others.
This interactive programme explores how the environments within which these individuals work can either facilitate or inhibit their growth and development, and has a practical focus on the small changes we can make to make a big difference.
Neurodiversity in the context of legislation
An interactive quiz will state relevant legislation and prevalence of neurodiversity – supported by facilitator input with interesting facts and figures
Medical vs social model of inclusion
With the use of case studies and group discussion we will discover the two models and how they serve either to exclude or include those with neurodiversity
The range of neurodiversity
An interactive activity to increase understanding of the differences between Autism (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Tics.
Neurodiversity in the workplace
With the use of video clips and case studies we will explore how neurodiversity impacts both colleagues and customers in a range of situations relevant to your working environment.
Reasonable adjustments and staff support
We will discuss in small groups the range of adjustments that could support staff with neurodiversity in the workplace
Planning for an inclusive workplace
Finally, the group will be subdivided to focus on different areas of the organisation. For example: the environment; recruitment; policies & processes; design / development etc. Each group will reflect on the learning and develop an action plan tailored for your workplace.
Lauren (she/he) is neurodivergent herself and has first-hand experience of navigating, adjusting to, and adapting typical workplace routines and interactions to be more neurodivergent inclusive.
Interestingly he talks very differently of his experiences pre- and post- official diagnosis and her journey to understanding her unique skills and effectively communicating her needs. Not only that, Lauren is close to a number of people who provide an even broader perspective of what it’s like to live with different types of neurodivergence, including Dyspraxia, Autism, ADHD.
What About Actors?
Through clever script writing, goose-bump inducing delivery and professional facilitation we can bring so much to life. We stimulate emotion, penetrate the long-term memory and create lasting change.
When we use live drama, we are able to have the actors play out the scenario and then be hot seated for the audience to ask them questions whilst they remain in character. Hot seating works so well because actors work with a pre-rehearsed backstory, so they are able to respond in character. They progressively reveal unexpected elements of their story that will not have previously been told. It can bust assumptions that the audience might have made based on the scenario (situation) but not fully understanding the impact at first sight.
Using actors in this programme enables us to bring to:
- Bring both the subtle, and not so subtle, inappropriate behaviours to life, literally
- Provide attendees with an opportunity to explore the fine line between what is and isn’t acceptable
- Give attendees a chance to challenge the actors whilst they are still in character
- Demonstrate that things aren’t always what they seem at first glance
- Provide delegates with an opportunity to test out alternative ways of approaching what can often be sensitive situations
- Create a goosebump-inducing learning experience that sticks in the long-term memory
Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Amanda ButlerLearning & Development Officer - Inclusion, South Wales Fire & Rescue
“I found the module really interesting! It was great to have the actors involved. I actually really enjoyed the set up so a bit of theory, then setting the scene with one of the actors and then actually being able to observe the interaction.”
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