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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Recent Examples on the Web One of the biggest challenges is competing for limited opportunities with the neurotypical population that has also been out of work. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, "How People With Autism Can Find Training And Jobs," 7 Apr. 2021 The movie garnered poor reviews, as well as criticism for the casting of neurotypical actress Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal autistic woman and its depictions of autism, like one scene where Ziegler’s character is held in a prone restraint. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Sia Partners With NASA to Celebrate Mars Rover Mission in ‘Floating Through Space’ Video," 7 Apr. 2021 Sia’s apology, genuine or not, is rare; the film, in which the audience relates to the neurotypical lead for her willingness to put up with an autistic person, is not. Brady Gerber, Vulture, "You Don’t Have to Be a Superhero," 17 Feb. 2021 Participants with anxiety and depression experienced more migraines and headaches than did their neurotypical peers. Laken Brooks, Forbes, "People Report More Headaches And Migraines During Covid-19," 3 Mar. 2021 Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical actress, plays the film's main character Music, who is a non-verbal teenager on the autism spectrum. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Kate Hudson addresses 'Music' backlash from autism community, says it's 'important dialogue'," 21 Feb. 2021 Music has become a lightning rod for disability rights activists for its insensitive and harmful portrayal of its nonverbal autistic title character, played by neurotypical dancer Maddie Ziegler. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Kate Hudson Says ‘We Are Listening’ to Music Backlash," 20 Feb. 2021 For autistic artists, the fact that Sia said a neurotypical actress was recast as the lead sends the troubling message that autistic people are bad hires. New York Times, "The Golden Globes Celebrated Sia’s ‘Music.’ Autistic Activists Wish They Hadn’t.," 11 Feb. 2021 But literary works were also chosen for an inclusive audience; folks who are not neurotypical, are unable to access higher education, or have trouble speaking English are invited to engage with the works, said Gray. Natachi Onwuamaegbu,, "Postering the city with literature and Black feminism," 26 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of neurotypical was in 1994

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12 Apr 2021

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“Neurotypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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, 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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