Webinar: From Disorders to Divergence: Why Understanding Neurodiversity is Important for Coaches

People with different brain characteristics
November 16, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

In this 1 hour session, Lana Jelenjev, chairperson of the Neurodiversity Foundation will give an introduction on neurodiversity and the importance of shifting perspectives from disorders to divergence. "Neurodiversity" accounts for the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits.  It has been reported that up to 17 percent of the population have been diagnosed with a neurodivergent condition. This introductory session will also focus on the importance of strengths-based approaches and niche construction to support neurodivergent individuals. In coaching and supporting neurodivergent individuals, feedback is often focused on what the individual lacks or needs to improve on rather than looking at their strengths and the environmental factors that can be constructed to help these individuals thrive.

Presenter:  Lana Jelenjev

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Lana is an avid firestarter, having co-founded initiatives like Neurodiversity Foundation and Neurodiversity Education Academy, an online platform providing awareness, education and support for teachers, parents and students on the topic of Neurodiversity. She is also a co-founder of Shift Foundation, an organisation for real life learning and awareness based collective action and established Community Rituals, a training and support platform to enable leaders to understand the language of rituals in communities.

Lana Jelenjev is a community alchemist and a learning design strategist with a solid background in training and education. She is the author of Community Builder: Designing Communities for Change and The 90 Day Action Planner, a Kickstarter backed planner for creative entrepreneurs. Lana provides support in various areas related to ideation, curriculum design, community building and personal development. Supporting fellow community weavers, transformational leaders and impact driven NGOs, Lana also launched Community Alchemy, an online learning and mastermind program focused on designing communities for change.