Seeking Strengths

Every person, child or adult, has their own unique profile.

Strengths, skills, motivation, interest and resilience can mean success in a given educational or employment setting.

Often people who are neurodiverse may have peaks of strengths in one area. If this strength is harnessed it can offer employers real talent opportunities. It can be the determination and resilience that makes the person with a neurodiverse profile a key and important employee.

However, the person’s profile may be ‘patchy’ with some areas of great strength and other areas requiring some support and adjustments made. Recognising what you ‘can do’ rather than focusing on what you can’t is important for building resilience and improving self esteem.

Some people have described those who have a range of neurodiverse skills as:

  • Accurate and careful in tasks undertaken
  • Having creative ideas
  • Problem solvers
  • One who perseveres
  • Hard working
  • Having high levels of concentration
  • Determined
  • Reliable
  • Conscientious
  • Technically able
  • Having detailed factual knowledge
  • Systematic
  • Organised
  • Meticulous
  • Empathic
  • Honest
  • Logical
  • Sincere

If you are an adult or a parent, start using descriptors of what your child or you can do, so you can share that with others. This is important when going for jobs to talk about strengths and getting used being able to do ‘positive disclosure’ can be very helpful.