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Developmental Neurodiversity Association

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Raymond Andrews
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5. To help bring about education reform that includes multisensory teaching methods as primary teaching in schools to cut down on learning problems in school. It would help decrease unnecessary learning disability diagnoses, the drop-out rate, and misplacement of neurodivergent children in special education classes for the intellectually handicapped.

6. To educate about natural and chemical-free ways to feed and raise neurodivergent children. It would include raising awareness of alternative interventions that can be used in place of psychiatric medications.

I want to put a lot of emphasis on non-drug alternative remedies like herbs, massage/bodywork, aromatherapy, biofeedback, vitamins/minerals, meditation, audio-visual stimulation, Davis methods, color therapy, and other things. I want to help with preventing misdiagnosing too. The symptoms of neurodivergence overlap quite a bit with psychiatric disorders (i.e. poor coordination, left/right confusion, problems with memory/concentration, disorganization, and speech problems are not just symptoms of disorganized type of schizophrenia but also dyspraxia). I also want to raise better awareness and understanding of Dyslexia. Too many people think it's a visual processing problem, but most Dyslexics have auditory/phonological processing problems and that's recognized by the International Dyslexia Association.

The main thing is that I want to stress that having a different type of mind doesn't mean having a deficient mind. We are not retarded, stupid, nor crazy for having an "outside the box" type of mind. I want to stress the importance of early intervention therapies like I had. Of course, I won't stop stressing the need for education reform. It is strongly needed. We Neurodivergents need to be taught in a multisensory way. We can't be taught by just auditory sequential teaching methods that are taught in most schools.

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