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Neurodiversity and the working world.

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Here at Super Calm Sensory Products our aim is to educate parents, carers, teachers and children on neurodiversity and the impact it can have on the person caring for the child with a neurodiverse difference. We aim to increase understanding on what is happening in the body of a neurologically different person resulting in greater empathy in understanding certain behaviours. By developing sensory diets and activities aimed towards their specific sensory needs the child should reach optimum levels of arousal to allow them to be present during school and home life.

Someone who has neurologically diverse differences may react differently to others around stimuli and other environmental factors. The overall goal is to promote understanding and increase empathy resulting in a more harmonious environment for all.


Many organisations have been run like a grown up version of school, where there is often a one way system for doing things and this one way is rewarded. This leaves little opportunity for those who work differently to thrive in these organisations. Neurodiverse people are known to think differently, this can be a huge advantage to companies as thinking outside the box can lead to great developments and brilliant ideas. Many famous minds are diagnosed as being on the spectrum of neurodiverse such as Steve Jobs and Einstein.

Empirical research has been carried out to highlight the competitive advantages companies receive by hiring neurodiverse people.

Below are just a few of the advantages found, to read more please follow the links below.

  • Neurodiverse teams have been found to be 30% more effective than neurotypical teams.

  • Greater job retention and trust worthiness in the workplace

  • Individuals on the Autism Spectrum have been found to be skilled in information processing, and visual perception, demonstrating greater precision and technical ability at work

  • Individuals on the Autism Spectrum have been found to have greater attention to detail, and lower absenteeism

  • Neurodiverse employees including those on the Autism Spectrum, tend to be innovative thinkers and as such present a clear advantage in today’s competitive market

  • Including neurodiverse people in the workplace has proven to increase overall morale and productivity in the workplace.

  • Employees on the spectrum have been known to hold focus and attention better than others when carrying out repetitive tasks.

Microsoft were one of the pioneers in relation to intentionally seeking out neurodiverse individuals as employees, and from this they have tapped into a goldmine of talent which

has positively impacted the company.

There are a number of well-known celebrities, athletes, inventors and brilliant people that are neurodiverse.

Below is a list of celebrities who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder:

  • Tim Burton-Director

  • Satoshi Tajiri-Creator of Pokemon

  • Dan Aykroyd-Actor

  • Albert Einstein-Inventor

  • Steve Jobs-Entrepeneur

  • Clay Marzo-Surfer

  • Chuggaaconroy-Youtuber

  • Bram Cohen-Inventor

  • Anthony Ianni-Basketball player

  • Cody Ware-Racecar driver

  • Bobby Fischer-Chess world champion

  • Henry Ford-Inventor/entrepeneur

Below is a list of celebrities who are diagnosed with Discalculia/Dyslexia/Dyspraxia/DCD:

  • Hans Christian Anderson-Author

  • Cher-Singer

  • Thomas Edison-Inventor

  • Benjamin Franklin-One of the founding fathers of the US

  • Bill Gates-Entrepeneur

  • Cara Delevigne-Actress/model

  • Jennifer Anniston-Actress

Below is a list of celebrities who are diagnosed with Tourettes:

  • Billie Eilish-Singer

  • David Beckham-Footballer

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—German Classical Composer

  • Seth Rogan— Canadian actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director

Below is a list of celebrities who are diagnosed with OCD:

  • Daniel Radcliffe-Actor

  • Leonardo Di Caprio-Actor

  • David Beckham-Footballer

  • Frank Sinatra-Singer

  • Howie Mandel-Comedian/TV personality

Below is a list of celebrities who are diagnosed with ADHD:

  • Emma Watson-Actress

  • Michael Phelps-Swimmer

  • Adam Levine-Singer

  • Justine Timberlake-Singer

  • Simone Biles-Gymnast

By clicking the picture below you can read an article by the Irish Times which we found brilliant at highlighting the benefits of diversifying and increasing inclusion to a workplace.


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