Massage & Bodywork

MAY | JUNE 2023

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Some of the general categories of differences that neurodivergent people deal with include sensory and motor control, information processing, executive functioning, perception, language processing, and communication. Someone who isn't neurodivergent is called neurotypical, and it's not uncommon for a neurotypical person to have some of these issues as well, just to a different degree or for a different reason. So, understanding these needs has the bonus of helping make many of your neurotypical clients more comfortable when they come to you for massage and bodywork services. L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 55 Note: Accommodating any client's needs should always be weighed against your needs and limitations. You're not the right therapist for everyone, regardless of neurotype. How to Better Serve Your NEURODIVERGENT CLIENTS Addressing Sensitivities Can Create a More Therapeutic Environment By Chelle Doetsch Neurodivergence is a term that was barely known by the general population a few years ago. Yet, according to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 15–20 percent of the world's population exhibits some form of neurodivergence. 1 This means you likely have several neurodivergent clients— and that means you need to know how best to meet their needs. Much of the following information is simplified and generalized because you don't need the ins and outs of each diagnosis or Venn diagrams of overlapping traits to accommodate the biggest needs of your neurodivergent clients.

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