SOM publishes a neurodiversity guide for occupational health practitioners

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The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has published guidance for occupational health practitioners on managing and supporting neurodiverse employees, or those with conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and Tourette’s syndrome, among others.

Guide, Assess and support neurodifferences at workwas developed by the SOM Occupational Health Psychology Special Interest Group and includes Dr. Nancy Doyle, Dr. Belinda Medhurst and Dr. Gail Kinman among its contributors.

The guide is intended for occupational health practitioners, HR professionals and employers considering referring staff with neurodiverse illness for diagnostic assessment or support services.

It outlines what to look for in employees, the different support options available, and employers’ legal obligations.

The guide also presents a series of recommendations based on research evidence, the latest guidance from regulatory bodies, current practice and case law. The special interest group is now looking to produce a guide to wellness leadership.

Occupational health psychologist Dr Doyle said: “Navigating neurodiversity services can be confusing – there are many support options and it is difficult to work out exactly what you need when.

“These tips explore the topic of identification and diagnosis, with guidance for occupational health and employers on assignments and commissioning. We hope this will demystify some of the terms and processes available and lead to the confidence needed to approach what can be a delicate and emotional subject,” she added.

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