During this Neurodiversity Course –

Students will understand more about the impact of neurodiversity on individuals in their personal and professional lives.

Students will be inspired by their learning and want to take their research and reading beyond the course materials.

Understand the myths and misconceptions about neurodiversity and how neurodiverse individuals can benefit organisations through their problem solving skills, creativity and ways of thinking.



In the Neurodiversity Course, students will study -

  • The impact of neurodiversity on individuals at work and at home.
  • Techniques to support individuals with neurodiversity in education and counselling.
  • The benefits and difficulties of neurodiversity in relationships – friendships and romantic relationships.

This evidence-based course is studied by distance learning.

It has been developed to improve understanding and knowledge regarding neurodiverse individuals.

It was written by experienced ACS writers with knowledge of neurodiversity, the myths and misconceptions regarding neurodiversity and how to embrace neurodiversity in education, counselling and the workplace.

The course has eight lessons. Each lesson has carefully constructed activities, tasks and assignments to help students to gain an in depth understanding of neurodiversity.

This detailed and thorough course requires a commitment from students to study and learning regarding neurodiversity.


The neurodiversity course is suitable for –

  • Teachers
  • Parents/foster parents
  • Counsellors
  • Support workers
  • Human Resources Staff
  • Trainers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Charity Workers
  • Volunteers
  • Managers
  • Anyone who works or knows a neurodiverse individual and wants to understand more.

Course Structure

The course has eight lessons.

Lesson 1: Scope and Nature of Neurodiversity
History of the term ‘Neurodiversity’
What is neurodiversity today
The difference between neurotypical and neurodivergent brains
The neurodivergent experience
Other considerations

Lesson 2: Neurodiversity & Childhood
Gender and neurodiversity
Stereotyped behaviour
Mental health and neurodiversity
Strategies to help neurodivergent children

Lesson 3: Neurodiversity & Adolescence
The transition from childhood to adolescence
Exercise and neurodiverse adolescents
Bullying in adolescence 
Neurodiversity and mental health in adolescents
Adolescence and coping strategies

Lesson 4: Neurodiversity in Adulthood
Neurodiverse adults and quality of life
Barriers to quality of life in neurodiverse individuals
Improving quality of life for neurodiverse individuals
Practical coping strategies for neurodiverse adults
Neurodiversity and work
Professional development

Lesson 5: Neurodiversity and Relationships
Relationships and neurodiverse individuals
Interpersonal relations
Neurodiverse work relationships
Self-help groups

Lesson 6: Neurodiversity in Education
Strategies in education 
Teaching strategies for neurodiverse students
Neurodiverse children and education
Neurodiverse students in the classroom

Lesson 7: Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Underemployment and unemployment 
The benefits of neurodiverse employees 
Neurodivergent jobs
Preparing for interviews
Maintaining neurodiverse individuals in the workplace

Lesson 8: Counselling Neurodivergent Individuals
Counselling young neurodiverse people
Counselling neurodiverse adults
Case study – counselling for ADHD
International organisations that support neurodiversity

At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment to submit to the tutor for marking and feedback.

Students can also contact the tutor with any questions throughout the course.


The course contains psychological theory, but also practical strategies and approaches to understand more about neurodiversity and how to support individuals with neurodiversity.

The course teaches people how to:

Define neurodiversity

Understand the myths and misconceptions about neurodiversity

Support neurodiverse individuals in the workplace, education and counselling.

Understand the challenges and benefits of neurodiversity in relationships.

This course improves understanding regarding neurodiversity and enables students to embrace neurodiversity in the workplace and personally.