Coaching with Neurodivergent individuals

The course is intended to help you understand how to work as a coach with people who are diagnosed as neurodivergent or who appear to show traits associated with neurodivergence.

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Aims and objectives

The course is intended to help you understand how to work as a coach with people who are diagnosed as neurodivergent or who appear to show traits associated with neurodivergence.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • understand the typical strengths and difficulties associated with common neurotypes
  • understand what is important in your coaching work to meet the needs of neurodivergent individuals
  • know what wider support is available.

The course consists of 3 x 3-hour online sessions spread over 5 months. This will allow you to reflect on your learning, read around the topic and discuss your learning from one session to the next. The course is intended to fit around work and home commitments.

The course will involve formal teaching inputs, exercises, case study material and some pre-reading. A suggested biography will be provided for background reading while you are on the programme. There will also be some reflective work between the sessions.

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The course will be led by Jacqui Manning with support facilitation provided by Dr Adrian Myers.  

Jacqui is an independent Chartered Occupational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She specialises in working in the workplace with neurodivergent clients and those with intersectional identities. She works across a range of private and public sector organizations. Jacqui is passionate about working with clients to uncover and make the best use of their strengths, talents and potential, whatever stage of life they may be at. Before retraining to become a psychologist, she worked in senior commercial roles in the education and third sectors with organizations such as Somerville College (Oxford University), London Business School and Shelter. Jacqui recently collaborated with Oxford Brookes’ Honorary Research Associate, Hany Shoukry, to co-author the first ever chapter on Diversity for the fourth edition of the Sage Handbook of Coaching.

Adrian is Programme Lead for the MA in Coaching and Mentoring at Oxford Brookes University. Adrian is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, a chartered occupational and coaching psychologist and an accredited coach supervisor with the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (ESIA, EMCC). Adrian has a breadth of research interests including neurodivergence. He himself had a late educational assessment of dyslexia with ADHD traits which has generated a personal interest in this area.

The notion of the self as an instrument of coaching, integral to the philosophy of coaching taught at Oxford Brookes will underpin the course. Jacqui will draw on her extensive knowledge of working with neurodivergent clients and will draw on her own case study material.


Session 1: Setting the Context for coaching neurodivergent individuals

  • understanding the language of neurodivergence
  • what is neurodivergence?
  • what is the legal context?
  • discussion of common neurotypes: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD ,autism and dyscalculia. Taking a look at acquired neurodivergence.
  • how is neurodivergence recognised?
  • understanding the strengths and challenges of neurodivergence
  • do stereotypes matter?
  • intersectionality and neurodivergence
  • having a diagnosis - a cause for shame or relief?
  • exploring some ways neurodivergent people may see themselves.

Session 2: Themes in coaching neurodivergent individuals

Themes to include:
  • gender, ethnicity/race, age, heritage
  • organisation, time management, communication, memory, overwhelm, teamwork
  • identity and neurodivergence
  • building self-esteem and valuing of self
  • exploring your own assumptions
  • how will you know when you are ready to stand in someone else’s shoes?
  • case study and exercise.

Session 3: Developing your coaching approach

  • models, tools and techniques
  • evidence base
  • self as an instrument of coaching
  • ongoing personal and professional development
  • wider support for neurodivergent individuals.

Dates and time

  • Friday 19 July
  • Friday 20 September
  • Friday 22 November

10.30am - 1.30pm.


  • Early bird before 31 March - £450
  • Standard price - £500
  • OBU staff and alumni - £450