About Us

Overworld AMP Ltd, launched in October 2022 as an innovative, trail-blazing Independent Alternative Provision offering face-to-face or online sessions from our state of the art centre in Camberley, Surrey

The young people who come to us have an interest in gaming and/or creative media, and are often neurodivergent and/or have complex sensory and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Our approach is particularly effective in supporting young people with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) and trauma.

Overworld Champions Neurodiversity

We see everyone as individuals who think, act and behave differently to one another with their own strengths and challenges. The human race is diverse and no combination of physical or personality traits are ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’, right or wrong. Most of the population can be considered ‘neurotypical’, which means they think and behave in a way that society traditionally considered ‘normal’ but we now understand that at least one in 10 people have differences that make them ‘neurodivergent’. You may consider yourself neurodivergent if you are formally diagnosed or self-identify with any of these neurodevelopmental conditions:

Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

A lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.
www.autism.org.uk

Pathological Demand Avoidance

A profile on the autism spectrum where people are driven to avoid everyday demands and expectations (including things that they want to do or enjoy) to an extreme extent.
www.pdasociety.org.uk

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Affects a person’s ability to filter stimuli and regulate the senses, leading to difficulties in executive function, concentration, sleep and impulse control.
www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

Dyslexia

Where differences in processing information cause difficulties in reading or interpreting words, letters and other symbols.
www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Dyspraxia

Also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD). A person experiences difficulties in movement, planning, organisation, speech and language.
www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

Dyscalculia

A specific learning difficulty with mathematics and primarily arithmetic.
www.dyscalculiaassociation.uk

Tic disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome

Where a person makes involuntary sounds and/or movements
www.tourettes-action.org.uk

These conditions often exist on a spectrum which affects people differently and to different severities. Research has shown that it’s common to have more than one of these conditions, for example, a high percentage of autistic people also have ADHD and have associated mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression as a consequence of navigating a neurotypical world. It’s becoming more recognised that with some conditions there may also be associated health conditions, for example, 60% of autistic people are hypermobile. Research also shows strong genetic links within families and through supporting their young people, some of our parents are now discovering their own diagnoses.

If you’re neurodivergent, you may struggle with certain activities like concentrating on tasks that don’t interest you, but neurodiverse individuals often have higher than average abilities and have special skills in pattern recognition, memory, or mathematics. The activities offered at Overworld AMP play to these strengths whilst supporting the areas of challenge in a low-demand environment.

You may have landed on this page because your academically able young person is struggling at school, has been excluded, is experiencing social isolation, or is expressing their frustration through challenging behaviour. Not being able to be yourself and missing out on human connections damages your mental health and can create lasting trauma. At Overworld, we know that mental health outcomes can be vastly improved by understanding and accepting neurodiversity in all aspects of life. Through a shared interest of gaming, we help our young people to heal from past trauma, to feel confident in their skin and grow to be strong self-advocates.