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What are the Five Foundations of Foundations for Divergent Minds?

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A dark blue box at the top with “What are the five foundations of Foundations for Divergent Minds?”
A Pie chart in the middle with 5 outer sections in red with a white swirl icon, yellow with a white paper and pencil icon, green with a white speech bubble, light blue with stick people and white speech bubbles, purple with 4 different smilies and inner circle in dark blue with white thought bubble icon with “Neurodiversity” above the thought bubble.
Circling the pie chart are the words “Sensory Regulation” in red, “Executive Function” in yellow, “Communication” in green, “Socialization” in blue, and “Emotional Regulation” in purple.
In the bottom left corner is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo and in the bottom right www.divergentminds.org

Why “Foundations”?

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A blue box at the top with the words “Why Foundations” followed by a white box. At the top of the white box reads “When building, having a solid foundation is essential. A solid foundation supports everything else that comes after. Similarly, creating supports for neurodivergent children provide a stable environment for learning, inclusion and autonomy.”
The is followed by the corner of a basement foundation with red, yellow, green, blue, purple and navy bricks.
In the bottom right corner is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo and the text “www.divergentminds.org”

Why Neurodiversity Paradigm?

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A blue box at the top with the words “Why Neurodiversity Paradigm” followed by a white box. At the top of the white box reads “The Neurodiversity Paradigm provides the framework for the foundations. It reinforces that we should always presume competence, embrace acceptance and value divergent minds.”
The is followed by the corner of a basement foundation with red, yellow, green, blue, and purple bricks on top of a navy blue floor.
In the bottom right corner is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo and the text “www.divergentminds.org”

Foundation 1: Sensory Regulation

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5 colored sections from the top left clock wise are red, orange, green, blue and purple with a dark blue off center circle. The red section, the largest portion, has a spinning shape icon followed by the words “Sensory Regulation” underneath both are 7 more icons, one with a person swinging, an eye, an open mouth, an ear, a nose, a pointing hand and a person jumping then the words “When your brain interprets sensory information differently, it can be difficult to process other information such as language and feelings as you are coping with a world not made with your needs in mind. Recognizing an autistic person’s need to self-regulate is essential. Equally important is providing the tools to supplement or remove sensory offenders.” In each of the other colored sections are also semi-opaque icons, paper and pencil in the orange section, a speech bubble in the green section, stick people with speech bubbles in the blue section, smiley faces in the purple section and a thought bubble in the dark blue circle. Also in the purple section is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo.

Foundation 2: Executive Function

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5 colored sections from the top left clock wise are red, orange, green, blue and purple with a dark blue off center circle. The orange section, the largest portion, has a pencil and paper icon followed by the words “Executive Function” underneath both are 8 more icons, a gear shift icon, a calendar, a human head with a brain, a thumbs up and thumbs down, a stop sign, 4 smileys with different emotions, a flag, and 6 books, then the words “More than just planning and organization, executive function is the way we manage and execute actions. Struggles in executive functioning have a direct effect on activities of daily living. This affects everything from the steps to take a shower to being able to refocus when you have been interrupted. It’s important to provide support and tools to support an autistic person in the areas of executive functioning.” In each of the other colored sections are also semi-opaque icons, spinner in the red section, a speech bubble in the green section, stick people with speech bubbles in the blue section, smiley faces in the purple section and a thought bubble in the dark blue circle. Also in the purple section is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo.

Foundation 3: Communication

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5 colored sections from the top left clock wise are red, orange, green, blue and purple with a dark blue off center circle. The green section, the largest portion, has a speech bubble icon in the bottom right corner. The word “Communication” is at the top of the section with 4 icons along the left side of text, a hand in the American Sign Language letter C, a keyboard icon, a tablet icon, and a head with sound waves coming out, then the words “Augmenting and using alternative communication for autistic people who do not speak (or speak reliably) is an essential step towards autonomy and self-advocacy. * Behavior is communication. * “No!” is self-advocating. * Talking is not the only way to communicate.” In each of the other colored sections are also semi-opaque icons, spinner in the red section, a pencil and paper in the orange section, stick people with speech bubbles in the blue section, smiley faces in the purple section and a thought bubble in the dark blue circle. Also in the blue section is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo.

Foundation 4: Socialization

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5 colored sections from the top left clock wise are red, orange, green, blue and purple with a dark blue off center circle. The blue section, the largest portion, has an icon of stick people with speech bubbles at the top. The word “Socialization” is underneath the icon then the words “Maintaining social interactions can be difficult due to a variety of factors. It is important to teach autistic and neurodivergent children how to self-advocate for their needs within social spaces and allow them the space to withdraw when demands become too much. It is equally important to allow children to choose where they feel comfortable and can be themselves. Many autistic and neurodivergent children want to socialize but are rarely given the tools to do so successfully with social and environmental barriers.” In each of the other colored sections are also semi-opaque icons, spinner in the red section, a pencil and paper in the orange section, a speech bubble in the green section, smiley faces in the purple section and a thought bubble in the dark blue circle. Also in the purple section is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo.

Foundation 5: Emotional Regulation

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5 colored sections from the top left clock wise are red, orange, green, blue and purple with a dark blue off center circle. The purple section, the largest portion, has an icon of various smilies in the bottom left corner. The word “Emotional Regulation” is at the top then the words “Due to heightened empathy, stress and or alexithymia, regulating emotions can be, at best, tricky. Identifying tools to manage feelings can take quite a bit of time, but when effective strategies are found, we can empower autistic and neurodivergent children to learn that feelings are ok and how to come back to their baseline.” In each of the other colored sections are also semi-opaque icons, spinner in the red section, a pencil and paper in the orange section, a speech bubble in the green section, stick people with speech bubbles above their heads in the blue section section and a thought bubble in the dark blue circle. Also in the blue section is the Foundations for Divergent Minds logo.