Youth Leading, Adults Supporting

Great program happens when we support youth members to lead in Scouting – when young people get to set goals for the unit, create a programme, and deliver activities, they’re making a Scout group that meets their needs and interests. In the same way, we can create neurodiverse Scout groups which fit everyone’s needs byContinue reading “Youth Leading, Adults Supporting”

Working together with parents

The most important resource available to help you make Scouting an exciting and meaningful experience for neurodiverse Scouts is their own parents or caregivers. While you may not feel a need to engage too much with the parents of some Scouts, having a strong working relationship with caregivers is vital when a neurodiverse Scout mightContinue reading “Working together with parents”

The Golden Rule of Inclusion

When modifying an activity or a program, it’s easy to become concerned about making it accessible to everyone, even those who aren’t participating. While we do need to ensure that every young person who wants to be part of Scouting can, don’t make any more modifications than are necessary to ensure everyone can be involved.Continue reading “The Golden Rule of Inclusion”

Using checklists

Checklists can also help your Scouts (particularly older ones) manage themselves when they need to have or do multiple things. Again, it might seem mechanical or time-intensive to prepare the checklists, but the pay off is greater than the cost if you no longer have to prompt or nag every youth member when something needsContinue reading “Using checklists”

Using Visual Resources

Visual resources and instructional plans allow Scouts to keep working on a task without having to ask a leader or adult for immediate guidance or support. Using visual resources might seem like ‘turning Scouts into school’, but is actually a way to promote all the best things about Scouts – learning by doing rather thanContinue reading “Using Visual Resources”

Medication on camp

If your Scout is prescribed medication  Before leaving for camp: Ensure your child is aware of what medication they take , when they need to take it (and how much), why they need to take it, who can help them manage their medication on camp and  No matter who is managing medication, place all medicationsContinue reading “Medication on camp”

Changing Scout Groups

As your child grows and moves through the sections of Scouting, you may find that a Scout Group which was previously suitable is no longer providing a fun and enriching experience for your child. You may find that there has been a change in adult leadership, or that an older section may operate very differentlyContinue reading “Changing Scout Groups”

Teddy Bears on Camp

For many reasons, it’s not unusual for neurodiverse children to have a strong attachment to a favourite soft toy, teddy bear, special blanket or pillow. These objects can be calming and provide a sense of security well after the age most children are generally expected to grow out of this kind of attachment. Peer pressureContinue reading “Teddy Bears on Camp”

Choosing a neurodiversity-friendly Scout group

Just like schools, every Scout group is different: It may be wise to try several Scout groups before choosing one to stay at.  Some Scout Leaders and groups have extensive experience with neurodiverse Scouts. Others may think they don’t have any at all (although it’s likely this isn’t quite accurate – they may have justContinue reading “Choosing a neurodiversity-friendly Scout group”

Who is The Neurodiverse Scout Group for?

This book is for anyone who works with, parents, or is a neurodiverse Scout. You might be: A Leader of Youth (Cub Scout Leader, Scout Leader, etc.) who wants to lead neurodiverse young people more effectively A Group Leader who wants to make sure that everyone in their local community can be part of ScoutingContinue reading “Who is The Neurodiverse Scout Group for?”