Neurotypical (NT)

Neurotypical is a term coined by individuals with an Asperger profile to describe the majority of people who experience the world in a more prevalent way, and implies the absence of an Asperger profile or other neurological differences. This ironic label first came onto the scene in an Autism Network International newsletter. “With its distinctly clinical air, the term (sometimes shortened to NT) turned the diagnostic gaze back on the psychiatric establishment” (Silberman, Neurotribes, p. 441). This term, along with Neurodiversity, is commonly seen in online forums and within Asperger communities to differentiate fundamental modes of being in the world, without inherent judgement.