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Neurotypical or NT, an abbreviation of neurologically typical, is a term coined in the autistic community as a label for people who are not on the autism spectrum.[1] However, the term eventually became used for anyone who does not have atypical neurology: in other words, anyone who does not have autism, dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder, ADD/ADHD, or other similar conditions. The term was later adopted by both the neurodiversity movement and the scientific community.[2][3][4] Neurotypical has been replaced by some with "allistic", or "nypical"[5] which has the same meaning as "neurotypical" did originally.[6]

In the United Kingdom, the National Autistic Society recommends the use of the term in its advice to journalists.[7]


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  2. ^ Hare, D. J.; Jones, S.; Evershed, K. (November 2006). "A comparative study of circadian rhythm functioning and sleep in people with Asperger syndrome". Autism 10 (6): 565–575. doi:10.1177/1362361306068509. PMID 17088273. 
  3. ^ O’Connor, K.; Hamm, J. P.; Kirk, I. J. (October 2005). "The neurophysiological correlates of face processing in adults and children with Asperger's syndrome". Brain and Cognition 59 (1): 82–95. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2005.05.004. PMID 16009478. 
  4. ^ Myles, Brenda Smith; Huggins, Abigail; Rome-Lake, Maleia; Hagiwara, Taku; Barnhill, Gena P.; Griswold, Deborah E. (December 2003). "Written language profile of children and youth with Asperger syndrome: From research to practice". Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities 38 (4): 362–369. 
  5. ^ "Be different, J. e. Robeson
  6. ^ Cashin, A.; Sci, D. A. (2006). "Two terms—one meaning: the conundrum of contemporary nomenclature in autism". Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 19 (3): 137–144. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6171.2006.00061.x. PMID 16913963. 
  7. ^ "How to talk about autism". National Autistic Society. Retrieved 2012-06-06.