Neurodiversity Celebration Week: Problem Solving


Many EPIC students thrive on solving various problems and puzzles. As you might expect, they enjoy jigsaws, chess and strategy games.  They can find creative ways around most things, even their learning challenges. They create original ideas often devising really wacky ideas, thinking differently, unconventionally or seeing things from a new perspective; which can be summed up as “thinking outside of the box” or maybe even “failing to find the box.”

Once they commit to solving an interesting problem, they can’t drop it until they have found a solution – the “right” solution in their eyes. They may sometimes have to reluctantly compromise their perfectionist streaks, in the interests of completion. Insightful problem solving, can enable you to come up with a startlingly new idea, demonstrating “system-busting” skills.

In Chapter 2 of the Elephants in the Classroom – My Corporate Career Section, you may recall my skill for solving complex problems in the medical diagnosis system.  This skill is common to many IT professionals. I also find the whole area of neurodiversity something that needs better understanding – this is impossible for me to give up on.

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
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This is an extract from my latest book:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery You will find more examples in
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties

#theelephantsintheclassroom #empoweringlearning #newperspective #problemsolving

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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