Expert support for Autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other neurodiversities

With our new neurodiversity pathway

Our new neurodiversity pathway can help your clients and their workforce overcome challenges and harness strengths. 

From person to person our brains are wired differently, affecting the way we process the world around us; how we think, how we do things and so much more. It’s why we all have different skills and different needs. For some, the unique way in which our brains function is due to a neurodiverse condition, which can sometimes impact our home and work life.

It’s estimated that 1 in 7 people in the UK are neurodiverse1, so it’s likely many workplaces will have employees with a neurodifference. It’s therefore something for us all to better understand and embrace different talents within the workplace. 

If neurodiversity is new to you…

Neurodiversity can present itself in many ways, including:

-          Dyslexia: Primarily affects skills involved with reading, writing, and spelling

-          Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), otherwise known as dyspraxia: Condition affecting physical co-ordination and other non-motor skills

-          Dyscalculia: Affects your ability to acquire and use mathematical skills

-          Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Condition that affects behaviour, including concentration, impulsiveness, and restlessness

-          Autism spectrum conditions (ASC): Spectrum conditions impact how an individual communicates, interacts, and understands other people and the world around them.

-          Cognitive functioning difficulties: Difficulties which typically occur following a stroke or brain injury that can cause physical, cognitive, and behavioural changes

-          Mental health difficulties and other sometimes hidden conditions

From bringing out the best in people, to vocational support and more…

Roles, responsibilities, the ‘way we do things here’, and the environment can create challenges for employees and businesses, affecting someone’s ability to shine or even function at work. Where someone could find a certain task incredibly easy, they could find another very difficult.

But, with the right tools we can all flourish.

A neurodiverse workforce and the unique skills and traits of someone with a neurodiverse condition can benefit a business.

Our new Group Income Protection neurodiversity pathway supports your clients and their employees with neurodiverse conditions to help them not only overcome challenges, but to be their best.

It offers tailored support, delivered through a network of experts and specialist psychologists, designed to provide the best outcome for the employee and the business, and can offer support for everyday challenges as well as support if your employee needs to make a claim.

Look at our new neurodiversity pathway.

A simple, flexible approach
Our simple claims process and flexible approach means we can gather information in a way which works for the employee, making things as easy as we can from the outset. We’ll assign a dedicated case manager - a consistent point of contact - so there’s no need for the employee to go back over information and they’ll have the same person with them, every step of the way.

Specialist neurodiversity support
Where needed, we’ll refer the employee to our partners at Lexxic who specialise in managing neurodiversity in the workplace. Their chartered and occupational psychologists can help employees understand their neurodifference and manage any challenges they may have.

A screening assessment can determine whether an individual has, or is demonstrating tendencies of a specific neurodiverse condition, helping them identify their strengths and understand their challenges.

Workplace improvements
Lexxic
will develop strategies and solutions to help the employee overcome any challenges, identifying adjustments to help improve the employee’s experience and allowing them to thrive at work.

Coaching and training
To fully support neurodiverse employees, employers need the right knowledge and skills. Lexxic can coach and train businesses to help better understand neurodiverse conditions and how they can support their employees.

In or outside of claim
Our neurodiversity support doesn’t just come into play at claim stage. We can begin supporting employees and their employers at any stage. We may be able to help avoid or reduce absence times in the first place, which is why we like to intervene early.

Our rehabilitation and early intervention outcomes speak for themselves
We’ve added our new neurodiversity pathway to our suite of existing condition-specific pathways which provide support for poor mental health issues, musculoskeletal issues, cancer and Covid-19. In 2021 our rehabilitation team intervened in 1,671 new rehabilitation cases covering a wide spectrum of conditions, and 80% of the employees who received our support remained at or returned to work2.

Our clinical pathways
Our tailored pathways are designed to help ease the strain for employees and get them on the right track. As well as our general pathway and new neurodiversity pathway, we have dedicated pathways for mental health issues, musculoskeletal problems, cancer, and Covid-19 all providing tailored support aligned specifically to the condition.

Whether it’s intervening early while an employee is still in work or helping those on long-term absence from work, each pathway provides much-needed support. They are designed to help prevent or reduce long-term absence through expert intervention and rehabilitation. And, when the time is right, we can help an employee make a safe, sustainable return to work.

Find out more
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1Mental Health At Work. https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/blog/neurodiverse-approaches-in-the-workplace-will-benefit-all-employees/

2Aviva Rehabilitation department. January – December 2021.