You feel alone and confused about how to move forward with the labels that describe you or your loved ones.
You want to learn new ways to communicate, engage, and deepen connections with the people you love.
You're looking to be part of a community that aspires to bridge different perspectives and experiences.
A unique, hand-in-hand and step-by-step approach to inspire, explain and empower you to transform your relationships
Coaching – We ask empowering questions through coach-led live group sessions, articles/videos, tools and strategies. Access the Loving Difference Foundations Course, your starting point to discovering and understanding you and your relationships plus other 'mini' courses, all included in your membership. Browse our archive of content that grows every month.
Community – Meet for regular connection and encouragement. Hear each others' stories, engage in conversations, live events and more, with your Coach Hosts and fellow members, as you reflect differently on yourself and your challenges.
Loving Difference starts with you adopting new approaches that ripple outwards.
Join us to explore all of this for free!
Discover our paid for-courses, events and workshops for a deeper dive!
Questions? Ask us anything at [email protected]
We believe in validating an individual's experience before they discovered they or their loved ones are neurodivergent. At an individual and family level, we know this experience leaves many feeling confused, exhausted, lonely and disconnected.
We believe in the power of individual and collective growth to change lives; in yourself, in your home and in wider society.
We believe in the neurodiversity paradigm:
"The idea that there is one 'normal' or 'healthy' type of brain or mind, or one 'right' style of neurocognitive functioning, is a culturally constructed fiction. Neurodiversity is a natural and valuable form of human diversity." (Dr Nick Walker)
We believe in an individual’s choice of language to describe themselves. We believe in language of discovery versus diagnosis and in reframing and de-pathologising disorders through a lens of self-exploration, strengths and cultural acceptance.
We believe that diverse representation and contribution is key to creating the world we want to live in. We aspire to build a diverse community of members and coaches over time. If you are interested in collaborating with Loving Difference, please get in touch at [email protected]
We believe in the power of this community to help others. We do not want anyone to miss out on the potential to heal, grow and connect more deeply with others. If you feel that this community is something you would benefit from and finances are a barrier to you participating fully, please do get in touch with us for help at [email protected]
'The wisdom of the Coach Hosts is so empowering, plus there’s a positive but realistic and hopeful sense of community I’ve not experienced in other groups.’
'Before I joined Loving Difference I felt completely alone in my situation. That was just ten weeks ago and I already feel more connected and empowered. It’s amazing the difference! When I share my challenges, the coaches and other members help me put words on what I’m feeling. Combining that with new models and strategies the coaches share, you can move away from what’s been most painful and towards more of who you want to be.'
'In Loving Difference, there’s lots of understanding, realistic views and expectations, plus an openness to people figuring out what helps them, how their situation is unique and supporting each other in that.'
'Coaching has brought me back to who I was meant to be. Coaching gave me focus, like finding the end of the thread in a messy ball of wool and then teasing it out. It’s not about rules or regimes to follow. It’s about looking at ourselves more closely. It is easy and exciting self-discovery when you have guides to help you discover yourself.'
Four Coaches • Four Perspectives • Four Journeys with Neurodiversity
Neurodiversity has always been a part of my life though I’ve only known that since 2014. Now I navigate and live with an array of differences in my relationship and home including autism, A(d)HDifference, prosopagnosia, alexithymia, CPTSD, dyslexia, anxiety, depression and other health conditions. In the beginning it felt hopeless and I experienced Cassandra Syndrome. I was dismayed at how little hope and assistance there was in books and online to make my neurodiverse relationship and family work – I mean really work, not just about hang in there! I charted a new course, began to create a new map, one that put self-care and wholehearted living at the top of the to-do list. Now we have understanding and a different way of traveling, beyond the conventions of these labels, so that we flourish individually and together. It’s a beautifully unconventional life that embraces our differences and how wonderful we each are. Professionally, I coach individuals whose partner is autistic/neurodivergent, to revive themselves and thrive in their relationships. I’m excited to welcome you to Loving Difference where I hope I can pass on the sparkle I’ve rediscovered in my life to yours. www.natalieroberts.com
After years of struggle with conventional life, my family and I began to understand we were different. Labels were applied, books were read, but I still found myself lost when it came to how to live with difference. Rejecting the boxes we'd been trying to fit into, my partner and I made massive changes to live a life that would allow us to be true to ourselves. New people, and a new life did not come easily at first. For me it was vital I address my issues with “busy”ness, food addiction, stress, anxiety and depression all of which led me to realize my struggle had more to do with neurodivergence (ADHD) than anything else. As I learned to slow down, tune in and acknowledge my own needs, I found myself working for the first time in my life from a place of flow rather than frustration. I became a coach to guide others to find new ways off the beaten path. My work with Loving Difference is about simplifying these steps, guiding others to improve their connections and live the life they've always dreamed of.
Awareness that neurodiversity was part of our family arrived 10 years ago, and now two of my four children as well as my husband identify as autistic. Like many of the families I work with, this knowledge came to us in the midst of a mental health crisis. It took a long time for us to understand our needs, to challenge our preconceptions, to embrace our differences, and to learn how to be well. It took even longer to try and fight our way through the health, education and social care systems which promised much yet delivered so little. I now combine my personal experience and coaching expertise to help families navigate their journey with neurodiversity, empowering them to find their unique flow so that they and their loved ones can revive and flourish.
I'm a rest coach and mentor. I work with those who are weary and exhausted to restore their energy for life through rest. Since experiencing exhaustion over 10 years ago I have been learning how to rest well. My husband was diagnosed with Aspergers 6 years ago and I have since realised that much of my exhaustion was emotional rather than physical and related to trying to make the marriage and family life work. Learning how to rest, not just physically but emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually has been a significant factor in not just maintaining the marriage but finding life in it. www.restforlife.org