NeuroTypicalism Awareness Training

NeuroTypicalism is a neurological difference that affects about 159 out of 160 people; it causes them to think and behave very differently from us (autistics). This training is meant to provide insights into their consciousness and to find ways to better accommodate them. In the spirit of Neurodiversity, NeuroTypicals are also invited to join in and share their insights about themselves. [Note: This may sound like a parody but it is also meant to be taken seriously as a real event for autistic participants.]

 

NeuroTypicals often reason differently from autistics and thus have difficulty expressing themselves to us. We should learn to understand their different needs so that we can include them in our lives.

NeuroTypicals often communicate vaguely and economically. We can learn how to help clarify their meaning to reduce misunderstandings.

NeuroTypicals often behave in unpredictable ways; they often like surprises and new experiences. We can learn how to help moderate their desire for novelty to avoid upsetting plans and creating unnecessary emotional reactions.

NeuroTypicals often have a high tolerance for intense and complex sensory experiences. We can learn to help them understand that forcing us to participate in their overwhelming sensory experiences is inappropriate.

NeuroTypicals often place high value relationships to the extent of severely degrading productivity in order to allow people they like to share their life experiences. We can learn to help them to shift their focus back towards productivity in a gentle and tactful manner.

NeuroTypicals often operate on fixed social hierarchies, in which they assign people a fixed social status and then demand that everyone else limit their behaviors based on these imaginary social constructs. We can help them to develop more flexibility in their thinking so that they will not be distracted by social status in their social interactions.

NeuroTypicals often have difficulty with systematic and logical reasoning, which may seem to us as a cognitive disability due to their slower speed of understanding how things work. We can help by using stories and metaphors when sharing our insights and understandings with them.

NeuroTypicals often seem to be in a different world of their own and have difficulty disengaging from their group-consciousness. This can hinder them from developing independent opinions and making independent choices. We can help them to discover their true selves and become free of their group-consciousness.

 

We should do their best to respect and honor NeuroTypicals; their differences and abilities are all worthy of celebration. Please note that it is both rude and misleading to say the following:

  • NeuroTypicalism is a disorder or deficiency
  • NeuroTypicals suffer from NeuroTypicalism
  • NeuroTypicals are obsessed with social relationships
  • NeuroTypicals are fixated with social hierarchies
  • NeuroTypicals are stuck in their social world or group-consciousness
  • NeuroTypicals have special needs [no, they just have different needs]
  • NeuroTypicals should be converted into autistics
  • NeuroTypicals are inferior to autistics
  • NeuroTypicals have no empathy [no, they just don’t understand how we perceive the world]