neu·​ro·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce neurotypical (audio) , ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neurotypical

: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development neurotypical students the neurotypical brain

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neurotypical noun

Examples of neurotypical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neurodiverse people face obstacles in an office setting designed primarily for neurotypical employees. George Etheredge For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2022 Lack of eye contact is a common autistic trait that most neurotypical people believe indicates a lack of trustworthiness. Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 Women with autism are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide than neurotypical women. Zhara Astra, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 The school serves about 15 children with disabilities alongside 84 neurotypical kids in what is referred to as an inclusion setting. Nancy Guan, ajc, 13 Mar. 2022 However, in a neurotypical world, diagnosis is also the key that unlocks the gate to adjustments, flexibility, accommodations that can make the difference to success and inclusion. Nancy Doyle, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 But the fictional Max, like so many autistic characters on television, was marked on the show by his youth and his singularity among his neurotypical family. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 Atypical was dinged for casting a neurotypical actor in the lead role, making autism into something performative. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Jan. 2022 As the two neurotypical characters doing their best to look out for the rest, Bacon and Pang have an easy chemistry with the trio, and each other. Caroline Framke, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of neurotypical

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurotypical

neuro- + typical

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“Neurotypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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neu·​ro·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-(ˌ)ȯ-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce neurotypical (audio) \

Medical Definition of neurotypical

: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development With developmental disorders, there is an added layer of confusion because people often appear neurotypical; they function well in some situations and not in others.— Sallie Tisdale, Harper's

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neurotypical noun
Studies have repeatedly shown that people with autism perform better than neurotypicals (that is, people whose brains function in a more typical fashion) on embedded-figure tests—a variation on the old something's hidden-in-the-picture game. — Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, Time


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