October is neurotypical awareness month. In light, I thought I would educate teachers about Neurotypical Spectrum Disorder (NSD). Here are the signs and symptoms. - Emoting and peculiar noises when confronted with adults who make ridiculous faces and sounds at them by 6 months - Excessive self-involvement by 9 months - Excessive “babbling” seemingly to gain attention by 12 months - Pronounced back and forth gestures such as pointing at random objects, reaching, and waving at anyone who smiles by 12 months - Difficulty occupying themselves, requires others to “entertain” them almost constantly - Peculiar and inappropriate play with representational objects, such as pretending to feed a plastic doll air, or make the doll “drink” from miniature tea cups by 36 month - Overly compliant and especially eager to please any adult, even if the adult is a complete stranger - Rote and often dishonest answers to questions such as “how are you?” - Generalized dishonesty often used to get one’s way by 36 months - Inability to remove emotion from disagreements Due to advocacy and changes, children with NSD are increasingly being educated in regular classrooms. It is important for your students to learn to be accepting to someone who is different. Another thing is to never describe someone as neurotypical. They are people with NSD or people with neurotypicalism. Remember they are people first and don’t want to be defined by their conditions.