Neurodiversity-affirming care recognizes and celebrates the fact that differences in brain function and structure are natural variations of the human experience. It recognizes that there isn’t a single neurological profile that’s "normal” or “better” and instead emphasizes acceptance, understanding, and support for people with diverse neurological characteristics. 

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The Principles of Neurodiversity-Affirming Care 

Neurodiversity-affirming care: 

  • Tailors interventions and supports to meet the unique needs and preferences of each person 

  • Treats all people with respect, dignity, and empathy, regardless of their neurological differences 

  • Integrates collaborative partnerships between those needing care and their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals 

  • Acknowledges and builds upon the strengths, talents, and interests of people with neurodevelopmental differences, rather than focusing solely on deficits 

  • Is inclusive and empowering, making those receiving care feel supported, accepted, and valued for who they are 

  • Is comprehensive, integrating medical services, therapies, counseling, and educational support 

Cortica: A Neurodiversity-Affirming Company 

At Cortica, we are proud to employ a personalized, strengths-based, and neurodiversity-affirming approach to all aspects of care. We consider each child’s unique needs, daily routines, and activities when designing a care approach. We offer a mix of therapies, including medical services, applied behavior analysis (ABA), speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, feeding therapy and nutritional counseling, and family counseling, all under one roof. 

At Cortica, we are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized neurodiversity-affirming care that honors the unique strengths, perspectives, and needs of each child we serve. Through collaborative partnerships, evidence-based interventions, and a deep respect for diversity, we empower children with neurodevelopmental differences to reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. 


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