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I’m delighted to announce that I am qualified to offer neurodiversity screening, but what is this and who benefits? Let me tell you more.

What is Neurodiversity?

The way we perceive, think about and respond to the world is unique. As a result, my experience of people and places is different to yours, simply because we process external information differently. That is what neurodiversity is: all brains are wired in their own way and have a range of differences in the population. Being neurodivergent, or neurodiverse, is the term used in the context of people with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

When individuals are provided with the right environment, neurodiversity is an asset. The way a brain is wired can result in you being incredibly apt in certain skills. To give an example, it is known that several successful entrepreneurs and inventors are dyslexic. Their ability to see things from a different perspective unlocks innovation. In addition, creativity, hyper-focus and sustained attention to detail can set them apart from the competition.

Having said this, being neurodivergent often makes it harder to fit in with societal norms. For a start, gaining qualifications in the UK education system can be a battle. Equally, social norms are challenging. Unfortunately, behaviours such as not making eye contact or not sitting still can be misread as rudeness.

As such, we need to provide the right environment, resources and understanding to enable everyone to fulfil their potential. However, most of us don’t know how our brain works and what we need to excel. That is where neurodiversity screening comes into play.

What is Neurodiversity Screening?

Neurodiversity screening is an assessment process which enables an individual to better understand how their brain operates. It is a means of recognising particular talents, along with things that may prove challenging.

Have you noticed that you, or a child that you are responsible for, find certain things difficult? Specific situations may be overwhelming or fitting in with expectations seems impossible. Screening can help you to understand why certain activities are tough, as well as unlocking your strengths. A such, it can be enlightening.

What are the Benefits of being Assessed for Neurodiversity?

Firstly, many people feel that something is wrong because they’ve struggled with tasks that others seem to manage with no problem. It’s not that something is wrong, but rather their brain has differences in how it processes information. Screening can explain why and boost both self-awareness and confidence.

Secondly, knowledge of your neuro-difference can unlock support. If you know what you need and can let employers or educators know, it is easier for them to make reasonable adjustments to your work settings such as:

  • Information provided in a format that aids learning
  • Extra time to complete tasks or exams
  • Quiet workspaces

Thirdly, in some cases, screening can unlock funding for tailored resources to help you thrive.

How does Neurodiversity Screening Work?

The process is a series of assessments based on numbers, words, images and reasoning. These start at a basic level and gradually build in complexity. You work through, at your pace, within the allocated time. Unlike other tests, there is no requirement to finish the assessments and there is no pass mark.

Before you undertake the assessment, there is a discussion about your personal history, experiences and concerns, strengths and weaknesses. In addition, we share how you’re feeling about the assessments to ensure you’re feeling well and ready.


It takes time to complete the assessments, so it is best to do them at a time when you are most likely to feel energised. For example, I completed one of the assessments in the evening, following a long day at work. Unsurprisingly, I scored below my average.


The person leading the assessment will explain the outcomes to you. This helps you to understand the results and what they mean for you. In addition, you receive a report with recommendations and findings.

Reasonable Adjustments

Your neurodiversity screening report can be presented to potential employers. It can help them to understand your specific needs and make reasonable adjustments. This can be key to you reaching your potential and helping their business to thrive.

A growing number of employers are actively working to build diverse workforces*. Fortunately, they now realise that specific skills and fresh perspectives can provide a competitive advantage. Leading companies are starting to provide tailored training, development and employment opportunities that encourage neurodiverse applicants. 

Employers can contact Mindset to find out more about our neurodiversity training. We are keen to support inclusive workplaces. 

How to Access Neurodiversity Screening

In some cases, screening can be arranged through an NHS referral, which is free. However, there are long waiting times. So, the alternative is booking privately.

If you are interested in finding out more about neurodiversity screening, contact us at Mindset.



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