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Episode 15: Breaking down the barriers to create a more inclusive approach with Debs Davies

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg is joined again by Debs Davies, a coach and consultant, to discuss how to support children with ADHD and neurodiversity. 

Accommodating different needs

Debs and Alistair emphasise that ADHD affects children differently, highlighting the need for a more flexible and inclusive approach in the early years. Transition periods can be challenging for neurodivergent children due to their struggles with attention, working memory, and starting new tasks. Debs stresses the importance of understanding these challenges rather than assuming defiance or non-compliance.  

They also touch on the long-term impact of negative reinforcement on neurodivergent children’s mental health and self-esteem. The episode concludes with a call to create more inclusive educational spaces and empower practitioners to embrace neurodiversity in their teaching. It emphasises the significance of accommodating children’s needs without detrimental assumptions about their behaviour.

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