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Supporting Reasonable Adjustments at London Neurocognitive Clinic

Reasonable adjustments

LONDON, UK, November 6, 2022 / — At the London Neurocognitive Clinic, we believe that individual differences should be celebrated and embraced, but we understand that sometimes individual differences, for example due to neurodiversity, can come with challenges. One area where this could have a significant impact is in someone’s professional life. Neurodiversity can mean that people have a different way of thinking and learning new tasks. It’s here that reasonable adjustments can make a big difference. Reasonable adjustments are changes made within your job to minimize the disadvantages a person may face with respect to a disability or injury. These adjustments are different for each person, but may include changes to your work environment or working hours, the provision of specialist support, or the provision of different forms of equipment. These reasonable adjustments are required by law; therefore, an employer has a duty to provide them as long as they are deemed reasonable in nature.

There are many different reasons a person may be eligible for reasonable adjustments, and one of those reasons may be due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a condition that can affect people’s behavior, making them more restless, distracted and impulsive, as well as making their emotions harder to manage and control. Naturally, this can make day-to-day life much more difficult and individuals may struggle at work. Therefore, with an ADHD diagnosis, reasonable adjustments could be beneficial to provide support for people with such neurodiversity. Reasonable adjustments for ADHD might include strategies such as sitting away from busy areas at work or providing noise canceling headphones if individuals find they are easily distracted by these busy environments. Essentially, the adjustments aim to minimize the inequities that people with ADHD might otherwise suffer in the workplace. It is also important to note that people with ADHD demonstrate many strengths at work, such as having great attention to detail, being able to focus on projects or ideas they find interesting, and having a high level of creativity. Therefore, if properly supported with reasonable adjustments, people with ADHD can often thrive in the workplace.

Here at the London Neurocognitive Clinic we can help those who need reasonable adjustments. Our highly skilled team of neuropsychologists are trained to understand and interpret the different ways the brain may function and how to provide support and interventions where these differences may lead to complications. One way to achieve this is to perform neuropsychological assessment, where a series of tests will reveal an individual’s cognitive strengths and difficulties. This assessment can help reveal areas where reasonable adjustments would be beneficial for identified challenges based on particularly strong skills. Therefore, by taking this test, you can gain the best understanding of your emotional and cognitive functioning, and subsequently understand the best way to get the support you need. Following a neuropsychological assessment, our neuropsychologists will interpret and analyze the results of your assessment and create a comprehensive neurorehabilitation plan. This may include working out practical solutions, such as discussing reasonable adjustments that might benefit you at work. Alternatively, some therapies may be suggested such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), allowing you to overcome any emotional difficulties you may be experiencing that are complicating your life. It is important to have the support of others, and therefore we may sometimes encourage the involvement of family members or close friends in your rehabilitation, in order to support the relationships that can be crucial during this process.

Besides reasonable adjustments, other additional measures are sometimes necessary. This could include applying for certain allowances, such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), formerly known as Disability Living Allowance (DLA). At the London Neurocognitive Clinic, our team of neuropsychologists are able to support those who wish to apply for PIP or who are currently in the process of doing so. As mentioned earlier, we can assess your cognitive functioning through neuropsychological assessments and therefore help support your claim when evidence is required. PIP can help you navigate everyday tasks and support mobility if you need help getting around. This can lead to restoring a better quality of life and resuming activities that people may have struggled with before due to their diagnosis.

Dr Sara Simblett, Clinical Director of the London Neurocognitive Clinic, ensures the clinic provides a high quality service that puts people’s individual needs at the heart of what is offered and focuses on improvement and uptake strengths, rather than weaknesses or difficulties. This is reflected in the clinic’s wide variety of services, each of which can be tailored to meet exactly what a person needs or could benefit from. Through many years of training and education, our team is well equipped to support individuals in creative and compassionate ways, providing expert rehabilitation plans tailored to individual needs, ensuring that you get the best possible support. At the clinic, we understand that receiving a diagnosis that then requires finding reasonable adjustments or PIPs can be overwhelming and stressful. Therefore, we offer a free consultation service so that we can explore your options and explain the service we provide, as well as answer any questions you may have. Our team of neuropsychologists is there to support you and help you regain your self-confidence, get back to what you do best and what you love. Do not hesitate to contact us and arrange a free consultation if you think you need further support.

Patrick Litani
The London Neurocognitive Clinic
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