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Carl Mumford joins the team

Creased Puddle is excited to announce that former Metropolitan Police officer Carl Mumford has joined the team as a Neurodiversity Trainer, Criminal Justice Consultant…

Neurodiversity in frontline policing

Caroline Turner was recently invited to contribute an article to Police Professional for their Executive Viewpoint feature. You can read the full article here:

Neurodiversity Celebration Week – A Celebration of Difference

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative founded by Siena Castellon, that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and to support organisations to recognise the advantages of being neurodivergent, creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences.

This Neurodiversity Celebration Week, Dr Alice Siberry questions what the celebration of difference really means and what the world would look like if it were ‘accessible by default’.

There is often a great deal of consideration about reasonable adjustments, adjusted working practices and generally, how organisations can be more neuroinclusive. In particular, people want to know how to implement reasonable adjustments for neurodivergent people in order to enable them to work to their strengths.

High vs. Low Demand Tasks

At Creased Puddle, we recognise that everyone experiences the world differently. To demonstrate, different people will experience going to the petrol station differently.

Person 1:
• The petrol light comes on in your car.
• You drive to the petrol station.
• You fill up your car with petrol and pay.
• You drive away.

Person 2:
• The petrol light comes on in your car.
• You have to decide when in your day to go to the petrol station.
• You conclude that you can only go at 5pm, which is probably going to make the petrol station really busy because it’s rush hour.
• You decide to try the next day instead, having to decide which will be the best petrol station to go to from home, rather than work.
• You have to decide what time to set off, to make sure you can get petrol and arrive at work on time.
• You drive to the petrol station.
• You have to decide how much petrol to put in the car.
• Once you’ve decided, you have to decide which pump to pull up at.
• You pull up and get out of your car.
• You fill up your car with petrol.
• You go into the shop to pay.
• You realise you need milk, which means finding the milk in the shop.
• You pay, whilst having to conduct small talk with the cashier.
• You drive away.

Creased Puddles first Neurodiversity for Occupational Health Professionals Workshop

The course raised and discussed the concept of neurodiversity and its impact in the OH arena. It emphasised the evolving nature of neurodiversity, which is defined as the acceptance of diverse brains. The workshop addressed various neurodivergent conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and Tourette’s syndrome, outlining their characteristics, statistics, skill sets and associated challenges. It also offered a comprehensive understanding of the diverse cognitive profiles of neurodiverse individuals.

The benefits and challenges of hybrid working for neurodivergent people

This year will see the introduction of the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) bill (2023), which provides employees the right to request flexible working from day one of a new job. This reflects the transformative shift in recent years, with remote work becoming a more prevalent and accessible option for many people.

Such shift has brought about numerous benefits, particularly for neurodivergent people, for example:

• Being able to choose a work location that suits their sensory needs and preferences, such as a quiet home office or a co-working space with natural light.
• Being able to adjust their work hours to match their energy levels and productivity cycles, such as starting earlier or later, taking longer breaks or splitting their work day into segments.
• Managing work-life balance better by reducing commuting stress, saving time and money, and having more control over personal commitments.

Creased Puddle support Neurodiversity Celebration Week with a fantastic week of free webinars

Neurodiversity Celebration Week runs between the 18th – 24th March.

The weeklong celebration is to raise awareness of neurodiversity and to recognise the advantages and talents of those who are neurodivergent. It also aims to challenge the misconceptions and how neurodiverse people are perceived.

This year the Creased Puddle team have got together to arrange and deliver six free webinars throughout the week to discuss and educate on several topics within the world of neurodiversity.

Improving your productivity in 2024 – The benefits of body-doubling

One way neurodivergent people maintain their productivity and stick to their to-do list is through body-doubling.
Body-doubling, or having an accountability partner, simply means doing a task in the presence of another person. This person might physically assist with a task, but more commonly, they are simply present whilst you complete the task. Often, they will work on their own tasks at the same time.