Providing salient stories and practical strategies, this book empowers educators to embrace the unique talents of neurodivergent learners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). An exploration of the exciting opportunities neurodiversity presents to build an innovative workforce is grounded in a large body of research from psychology, neuroscience, and education.

Author Jodi Asbell-Clarke presents individual examples of neurodivergent journeys in STEM to establish evidence-based connections between neurodiversity and the types of innovative problem-solving skills needed in today’s workforce. The featured stories come directly from the author’s many years in inclusive classrooms with STEM teachers along with interviews from many neurodivergent professionals in STEM. Teachers will learn how to embrace the unique brilliance and potential of the neurodivergent learners in their classroom, working against historic marginalization and deficit-based perspectives of neurodiversity within the education system.

Featuring illustrations of classroom-designed tools and materials alongside basic strategies to support executive function and emotion in learning, this book will help you nurture the talents of your neurodivergent learners and recognize their unique potential within STEM. Ideal for K-12 classroom teachers, special educators, learning specialists, psychologists, and school administrators.

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|17 pages

Neurodiversity—The Words We Use

chapter 3|10 pages

Neurodiversity—The Competitive Advantage

chapter 4|14 pages

Learning in the Brain

chapter 5|8 pages

Learning in the Classroom

chapter 6|12 pages

The Role of Emotion in Learning

chapter 7|19 pages

Extraordinary Learners

chapter 8|10 pages

Neurodiversity and Collaboration

chapter 9|15 pages

Inclusive STEM Teaching

chapter 13|12 pages

Neurodiversity in STEM—The Actions We Take