Siena Castellon: Neurodiversity – the new normal
Siena is 17 and from London. She classes herself as a ‘maths and physics nerd’ and claims her dog is the cutest dog in the world. Siena is also neurodiverse: She is autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic and has ADHD.
We caught up with Siena – who is also an award-winning advocate for neurodiversity, an author, a student and the founder of the ‘Neurodiversity Celebration Week‘ – to talk about what being neurodivergent means to her.
How would you describe your neurodiversity?
I describe my autism as a condition that makes social interaction and social communication challenging for me. Although I am eloquent in expressing myself, I have difficulties in interpreting social situations, such as people’s intentions and motivations.
I describe my dyslexia as a condition that affects my spelling and ability to read.
I describe my ADHD as a condition that primarily affects my ability to focus.
I describe my dyspraxia as a motor coordination disorder that means I am clumsy and terrible at sports.
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