Neurodiverse Scouting – it’s for everyone
Every year, more young people are diagnosed with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a number of other neurological disabilities. As a movement, young people are changing Scouting by bringing their own diversity and self-awareness into our halls, meetings and camps, and adult leaders have a duty to ensure that they have the opportunity to make the most of Scouting. Neurodiverse Scout groups are ones where everyone can be involved, feels welcome and is supported and encouraged to achieve great things.
The Neurodiverse Scout Group is a collection of tips, advice and information for anyone who works with neurodiverse young people in Scouting: leaders of youth, leaders of adults, families, and other youth members. All of it has been collected from evidence-based sources like research papers, books authored by allied health and medical professionals, and interviews with professionals in their fields. Lots of the materials referenced were written for teachers, allied health professionals or parents rather than Scout Leaders, and these ideas have been placed in a Scouting context so you can make the most out of them.
1 in 8 young Australians have some type of disability. This means that we can expect 2-3 young people with disabilities to be part of any unit of 16-24 Scouts, no matter what section you lead or where in the country you are.