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Neurodivergent pupils: 10 strategies for schools

How best can we support neurodivergent children during these uncertain times? Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers 10 simple strategies for schools
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I have been asked a lot lately about the specific things we can do to support autistic students and those with ADHD as we enter the next phase of the pandemic. As ever, there is likely to be a halo effect from applying these ideas and you will certainly do no harm – so take a read and maybe consider if you can adopt an idea or two from the list below.

1, Focus on wellbeing to avoid burn-out: Burn-out is a regular feature for neurodivergent children (and adults). There is no quick win or easy fix here but taking a look at lifestyle factors and how to live well is important. This is more important than ever in the current climate. We are living in times of high anxiety and uncertainty and as such the risk of burn-out is greater than usual.

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