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Celebrating neurodiversity at the London Neurocognitive Clinic


LONDON, UK, October 16, 2022 / — Neurodiversity is a term that is increasingly recognized and frequently used in modern society, and here at the London Neurocognitive Clinic it is at the heart of how we operate as a practice. Neurodiversity recognizes that all humans vary in cognition, mood, and other psychological attributes. It has been estimated that over 15% of the UK population is neurodivergent. While this term, by definition, applies to everyone, it is often used to characterize certain neurological conditions, for example Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Reflecting neurodiversity, it is essential for us at the clinic that rather than labeling or focusing on the impairments of these conditions, we seek to embrace individual differences and human variation.

The brain can grow in wonderful ways, even after suffering from something like Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). ABIs usually occur as a result of illness, such as encephalitis, or an accident, such as a traffic accident, and can cause problems with cognition and mood, like those seen in other neurodiverse conditions. For example, people with ABI may experience difficulty concentrating or understanding the emotions of others, two symptoms that may be present in conditions such as ADHD and ASD. At the London Neurocognitive Clinic, we see how broad the concept of neurodiversity can be, representing a multitude of different conditions. However, by understanding where an individual’s difficulties lie, as established during neuropsychological assessment, our neurorehabilitation program focuses on improving strategies for coping with problems associated with cognition and mood.

Dr Sara Simblett, Clinical Director of the London Neurocognitive Clinic, works both as private neuropsychologist (also known as a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology), and within the NHS, and has years of experience in this field. In recent years, she has set up a neuropsychological assessment clinic in London for the NHS, focusing on the rehabilitation of people with cognitive difficulties linked to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Dr. Simblett recognizes the importance of neurodiversity, creating a service that focuses on people’s individual needs and provides tailored service for each individual client. Our neuropsychologists are clinical psychologists specializing with many years of training in understanding emotions, cognition and behaviors in relation to brain function. This understanding is achieved through many strategies, the most common being neuropsychological assessments. A neuropsychological assessment allows us to understand an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, going through a series of tests, focusing on day-to-day emotional and cognitive functioning. We are then able to assess what some people may be struggling with or an area in which a person is particularly good. Here at the clinic, we treat each person we see as unique, regardless of age, gender, background or diagnosis, embracing neurodiversity and understanding that one size does not fit all. . Our neuropsychological assessments are very thorough, giving our clinicians as much information as they need to create a personalized plan for each different client. We understand that everyone has different preferences and needs when seeking treatment, so we can carry out the neuropsychological assessment in London at our clinic or other more convenient locations. We also allow customers to bring family members and friends with them.

We aim to bring a creative, compassionate, non-judgmental perspective to neuropsychology assessment and neurorehabilitation, and in doing so, we can celebrate neurodiversity. The plan provided will be different for each person and may include individual therapy sessions with a neuropsychologist in London. Therapy may also include close family members, to encourage the individual to build a stable support system. At the heart of our neurorehabilitation program is the goal of returning the individual to the activities they enjoy most and find most important in life. When considering neurodiversity, it is important to consider all the adjustments that can be made in a workplace or social setting to support an individual and encourage personal growth.

Neurodiversity research continues to grow and evolve, and here at the London Neurocognitive Clinic we are committed to staying abreast of new research in the neuropsychological field which we feed into our neurorehabilitation programme, enabling us to treat individuals, whether someone with a diagnosis of ADHD, ASD, ABI, or another neurological or mental health condition (such as bipolar disorder) in the best possible way. We encourage our clinicians to constantly learn and on top of that, we offer plenty of continuing education opportunities here at our clinic. At our clinic, we understand that it can be difficult for people to seek treatment, as they may be unaware of the steps to take or if they need to seek treatment. We make these steps as clear and simple as possible, including the free 15-minute consultations we offer, so we can find out how we can best help you. The first step to take would be to get in touch with our clinic, by contacting one of the methods listed below. We can then arrange a consultation for you at your convenience, then go through the assessment and rehabilitation process as needed. If you are unsure if we can help you solve your problem or if you are interested in anything mentioned here, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible to see how we can help you. you.

The London Neurocognitive Clinic
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