Halli Gomez

Middle Grade and Young Adult Author

What is Neurodiversity? 


Neurodiversity is the range of variations of the human brain. The neurological differences are considered the result of natural variations in the brain that differ from the standards that are currently considered normal. Examples: Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dyspraxia, and more.


Neurodiverse Websites:

Tourette Association of America

Autism Society

National Institute of Mental Health

Dyspraxia Foundation USA

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity



Children's Literature with Neurodivergent Characters:

Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor (picture book)

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry (middle grade)

​Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (middle grade)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (middle grade)

Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen (young adult)

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu (young adult)

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (young adult)

Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman (young adult)



Ways You Can Support Neurodiversity in Literature:

Read and buy books by neurodivergent authors

Promote neurodivergent authors on social media and by word of mouth

Buy books with neurodivergent characters and/or by neurodivergent authors as gifts