Defining Neurotypical Privilege

Why language and perspective are so important

If the primary language of the society in which you were born is well-suited to the purpose of describing your sensory experiences, your needs, and your thought processes, you may have neurotypical privilege.

—Dr. Nick Walker

Owning the words that describe my own experiences allowed a more complete and meaningful experience to emerge.”

(Jackson-Perry et al., 2020)

Having precise language to conceptualize and communicate our experiences helps us first to process them internally, and then describe them so others may better understand.

When you’re neurotypical, the dominant society and culture have developed around your experiences and your needs, so these words and ideas are much more readily available. The majority of others usually understand your experience because they have similar experiences.

Neurotypicals live, act, and experience the world in a way that consistently falls within the boundaries of neuronormativity.”

—Dr. Nick Walker

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Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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