In this episode, Shaddai Tembo is joined by Kerry Murphy, an Early Years lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and consultant, to discuss why adopting a neurodiverse approach is crucial in the early years.
The deficit lens
Historically, diversity or neurodiverse people have typically been viewed through a deficit lens. Kerry explains that in today’s society, we are getting better at understanding the needs of neurodiverse people but children are still exposed to a deficit experience through intervention strategies with an aim of making children ‘less neurodivergent’.
She adds the importance of seeing neurodivergence as part of development and meeting children where they are.
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