Learning about dragonflies can help children understand neurodevelopmental profiles.

Like children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, dragonflies are sensory sensitive, and attracted to the physical properties of objects.

They are attuned to variations in light and can easily overheat. They are focused on how far away an object is, the direction it is moving, or how fast it is moving. They are so focused on these physical properties that they may not recognize what the object is, just as a child may see a shadow but lose sight of the object itself.

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Like children with Dyslexia, dragonflies have a strong perceptual system.  

They can see a single object from multiple angles, as if they are rotating the object in their minds.  

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Like children with ADHD, dragonflies focus on now. 

They can accomplish amazing feats while moving, and fly for 8 hours before needing to refuel. 


Photo credit  Steven N. Severinghaus