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Hello Georg Fasching here helping unlock a team’s genius. In this particular video series, we are going to look at neurodiversity, what it means and what some of the more common neuro types are and in this video here to set out the series, I just wanted to give a few introductory comments.
Now, neurodiversity, you might have come across the term before, simply means that we’re acknowledging that not every person is wired exactly the same and wired is exactly the right analogy. We are literally talking about different ways that our brains are wired and how different parts of the brains are better connected than other parts of the brain. So when we are looking at neurodiversity we can also look at different neuro types and those are just as a few examples, autism spectrum conditions, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and with those some people then starts to associate different labels with it.
So in the series I’m going to be as label neutral and clear as I possibly can and also as sensitive as I possibly can. The discovery of all of these traits and neuro types has of course been driven by research and in the science community across neuroscience and neurology but also in the wider general medical profession, so with that said I personally am not a medical professional. I’m not a neuroscientist, I am not a neurologist by any stretch of the imagination, I have simply devoted a little bit over 100 of dedicated research hours in this particular subject because I have discovered an interest in it and I wanted to share some of my findings with you.
So in this series we are going to not get sucked into how the medical community tends to describe these types of conditions. They are commonly referred to as disorders or disability. Now these particular labels need to be taken under advisement and need to be considered how useful and helpful they can be for any particular individual. In order to get certain adjustments in the workplace, a diagnosis in there for the taking on of a particular label might be necessary, but for this particular person it might also be very helpful and there might be no other way for them to get these particular adjustments that will actually help them to thrive even more than without those adjustments. I will simply refer to each of the neuro types as perhaps as conditions or neuro types rather than as disorders or disabilities.
Now how we’re going to cover each of the different neuro types is in each of the videos we’re gonna have three topics. The first one is the needs, second one are the strengths and third one are how these individuals are thriving. So when I talk about needs we are going to look at what the condition is of course and what the neuro type is but also because of that particular neuro type we’re going to evaluate the needs that a person might have and these needs can vary from situation and context to context, so we’re going to just explore those a little bit and it is for every individual to inspect and acknowledge what types of needs they might want to address, and how they could get support for each of those needs.
The second one are the strengths. Now, evolution if you will, is trying certain things out when it comes to different neuro types and there is a reason for these different wirings, so we’re going to look at what the benefits are of each of those different neuro types and linking them onto the third subject is how these individuals are thriving not only generally but also in the context of product development teams and we tend to find people of specific neuro types in different types of roles because of the strengths that this neuro type is giving them.
So in this series we’re going to explore all of those and in the next video we’re going to start with the potentially most prevalent neuro type but that’s gonna be the subject of the next video. So for today, I thank you very much for your time and attention and wish you all the best for the practise with your team.
A leadership team development specialist, International Coach Federation - Professional Certified Coach, with global product management experience since 2000, employing Agile & Lean since 2010, Georg Fasching helps digital creative agencies’ leadership teams delight their clients, fulfil their people, and improve their prosperity.