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 Nationwide, more than half of students with autism ages 6 to 21 spend more than 40 percent of their school day in a majority-neurotypical classroom, with about two-thirds of this group spending 80 percent of their day in one. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "How One School Program in New York Helps Students With Autism," 30 Dec. 2019 Probably not, but 6 is right around the age when parents begin to see a difference between neurotypical children and children who have some extra skills and gifts. Washington Post, "Can a 6-year-old have self-discipline?," 23 Dec. 2019 But that only means autistic people reflect the extremes of the broader neurotypical population and all its anxieties. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Abolishing 'normal' and 'abnormal': How the long-marginalized autism community is becoming a bellwether of social change," 24 Oct. 2019 Her students, all of whom have a learning disability, were scattered among their neurotypical peers, laughing and chatting. Katie Gillespie, The Seattle Times, "For Washington’s Teacher of the Year, seeing her students achieve ‘brings joy in this world’," 24 Sep. 2019 Neural signature: Robertson’s team had shown in a 2013 study that autistic people perceive the images switching in a binocular rivalry task more slowly than neurotypical people do. Scientific American, "Visual Task May Offer Brain Marker for Autism," 19 Aug. 2019 Teaching improv to people with Down syndrome is different from teaching improv to neurotypical people, Snow said. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Improv troupe for actors with Down syndrome inspires confidence, problem solving and laughs," 14 Aug. 2019 Then, researchers had 48 neurotypical and 24 autistic subjects rank the same jokes, this time paired with a prerecorded laugh track. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Laugh tracks boost humor ratings of corny ‘dad jokes’," 22 July 2019 Autistic participants reacted to the jokes in the same way as neurotypical individuals, boosting their joke scores when laugh tracks were added. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ha-ha! Study Shows Laugh Tracks Make Dad Jokes Funnier," 25 July 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Neurotypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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