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.

Neuroinclusive Christmas Parties 

Although Christmas parties are designed to be fun, an opportunity to bond and let off steam with work friends, there are a number of reasons why they might (unintentionally) exclude neurodivergent colleagues:  Christmas and ‘surprises’ are synonymous, and this is no exception in reference to the Christmas party. Organisers often want to have fun activities for colleagues to enjoy throughout the day / evening. However, for neurodivergent colleagues, changes in routine and unpredictability can heighten anxiety. Not to mention that team building activities and ‘party games’ often rely on a social and communication requirement.  

Christmas Shopping  

Cities, towns, supermarkets, and shopping centres are overstimulating at the best of times. But during the festive period, there is an additional layer of stimulation on the sensory system and pressure on our executive function. 

Starting late November / early December, the urgency increases. There’s presents to buy and wrap, cards to write and post, ingredients to purchase for Christmas dinner, plans to make with family and friends, a tree to decorate and all of this before the 25th December!   

It might be easy to see why anyone would become overwhelmed at this time of year. However, for neurodivergent people, the intensity of such overwhelm might lead to complete burnout.

World Mental Health Day

For those specialising and supporting neurodivergent employees, it is widely known that many have co-current conditions particularly associated with mental health conditions. These may or may not have been identified or diagnosed with many being treated for separate conditions.

Evidence shows that there is a higher prevalence of mental health conditions in those individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Autistica suggests that co-occurring mental health conditions affect up to 79% of neurodivergent adults.

The unique experience of neurodivergent burnout  

Previously known exclusively as ‘autistic burnout syndrome’, the experience of neurodivergent burnout is often the result of chronic stress combined with expectations, such as work commitments, and a lack adequate support.