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Episode 13: Improving educator understanding of neurodiversity with Kerry Murphy

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In this episode, Shaddai Tembo is joined by Kerry Murphy, an Early Years lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and consultant, to discuss why adopting a neurodiverse approach is crucial in the early years. 

The deficit lens

Historically, diversity or neurodiverse people have typically been viewed through a deficit lens. Kerry explains that in today’s society, we are getting better at understanding the needs of neurodiverse people but children are still exposed to a deficit experience through intervention strategies with an aim of making children ‘less neurodivergent’. 

She adds the importance of seeing neurodivergence as part of development and meeting children where they are. 

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