neu·​ro·​typ·​i·​cal | \ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈti-pi-kəl, 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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Highmore plays a talented young surgeon with autism and savant-syndrome, but in real life, the actor is neurotypical. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Exclusive: 'The Good Doctor' Star Tamlyn Tomita Responds to the Show's Biggest Criticism," 24 Sep. 2018 If the audience is larger than five people, then the audience certainly includes disabled and nondisabled people; whether Deaf or Hearing; neurodivergent or neurotypical; in chronic pain or, for the present, pain-free. Constance Grady, Vox, "Why Fahrenheit 451 still matters in the e-book era," 12 May 2018 Children with autism and their neurotypical peers have a lot to offer one another. Damar Services, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways classrooms are successfully changing to support students with autism," 24 Apr. 2018 James says about the difference between neurotypical girls and those not on the autism spectrum. Sam Gillette,, "Author Speaks Out After Learning She Has Autism at 45: 'I Finally Knew Why I Was Different'," 27 Mar. 2018 Bottom line: Nora checked into the hospital a teeny but happy, neurotypical nine-month-old. Lauren Levy, Good Housekeeping, "An Unthinkable Medical Mistake Left Our Daughter with a Severe Brain Injury," 2 Mar. 2018 This acceptance is eased by the well-entrenched stereotype of the absent-minded professor with weak interpersonal skills — that is, someone who fails to conform to the norms of appropriateness recognized by neurotypical people. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Can Autism Make Me a Diversity Hire?," 17 Jan. 2018 Some of these children become virtually indistinguishable from their neurotypical peers, says Deborah Fein, professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut who has led much of the research. Brendan Borrell, Slate Magazine, "Can You Cure Autism?," 22 Sep. 2017 Educating a child with severe autism can cost up to 20 times more than teaching a neurotypical child. John Mclaughlin, Slate Magazine, "We Know Ways to Teach Kids With Autism," 13 July 2017

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

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, April 2012

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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, 7 Oct. 2013

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