Therapist
Neurodiversity
Collective

Therapist
Neurodiversity
Collective

International         

International

Therapy Advocacy Education

Established January 2018

Neurodiversity is “…the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.”  “Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a belief, a political position, or a paradigm.” 
Dr. Nick Walker

The Neurodiversity Movement is a Human Rights Movement. “The Neurodiversity Movement says that people with brain-based disabilities (like autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, or mental health disabilities) should be accepted and included in society just like neurotypical people (people without brain-based disabilities).” –  Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, Inc. is an international neurodiversity-affirming therapy, education, and advocacy organization.

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective was founded on January 11, 2018.


Mission:

  • to provide free public access to non-behavioral based, trauma-informed, neurodiversity paradigm-aligned therapists
  • to advocate for acceptance and equitable inclusion for the neurodivergent and other-disabled populations we serve 
  • to provide neurodivergent-affirming education to therapists and to the public about non-behavioral therapy practices and methodologies that presume competence, are non-trauma inducing, and respect human rights, dignity, and sensory preferences

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices Series

The Collective’s focus is to align therapy practices within the neurodiversity paradigm. This organization advocates for unapologetically ABA-free, non-compliance/behavioral-based therapy, the ceasing of social skills training because of the harm and trauma caused by masking and camouflage, and respectful practices that include honoring body autonomy and respecting a participant’s “no” or refusal. 

Therapists aligned with Therapist Neurodiversity Collective are credentialed and licensed pro-neurodiversity-focused, trauma-informed providers who choose to be wholly allied with the Neurodiversity Movement as a Human Rights Movement. Therapist Neurodiversity Collective recommends that therapy practices do not seek to “normalize” neurodivergent people at the expense of their emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. In co-production with clients, students, and their families, the Collective’s therapy model focuses on empowering neurodivergent people with increased abilities for communicating personal agency, autonomy, self-advocacy, and self-determination, as well as achieving personal goals.

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective advocates for radical changes in therapy practices to reflect presuming competence in the people therapists serve, championing human rights and dignity of the disabled, and respecting authentic neurodivergent communication, and sensory differences. Therapist Neurodiversity Collective actively partners with other Autistic, other-neurodivergent, and disabled people to provide updates in contemporary research, free and low-cost educational resources to the public, and neurodiversity-affirming educational training opportunities for providers that reflect neurodiversity-affirming ethics and core values.

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Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is therapy, education, and advocacy collaborative for SLPs, OTs, PTs, and Assistants. The Collective's focus is to align therapy practices within the neurodiversity paradigm.

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Fantastic ABA post by Autball, shared by Thinking Person's Guide to Autism.Proper Use of ABA - 4 panels.
1: A happy flappy character (light blue to dark blue gradient) with the words “Proper Use of ABA" arcing above and below them, on a faded blue background with a dark blue frame. The Autball logo (black billiard ball with a gold infinity symbol at the center instead of an “8”) is at the bottom of the image.
2: A white box at the top reads, “Antecedent.” A pink adult sits with an ND adult (light blue to dark blue gradient) on a taupe couch. They are watching an ND child (yellow to green gradient) happily line up blocks on the floor in a rainbow colored pattern. Pink adult says, “I see he’s lining up his toys.” ND adult, smiling, replies, “Oh yeah, he does it all the time.”
3: A white box at the top reads, “Behavior.” Same scene. Pink adult says, “You need to not let him do that. Mess it up when you see it, then model more appropriate play.” ND adult and child look unhappy.
4: A white box at the top reads, “Consequence.” Same scene, except ND adult and child look happy again. ND adult says, “Thanks. We won’t be needing your services after all.” Pink adult looks unhappy.
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Fantastic ABA post by Autball, shared by Thinking Persons Guide to Autism.

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Nicole Marglynslow

If I had a dollar for every preschool teacher who also spews that garbage…

😂 love this

More, please.

IDK why they would stop this?- Why stop a pacified child when surrounded by a multitude of shit-shows in the classroom (literal and figurative) not hurting anything- now transitioning to a new activity - THAT might be a challenge if it's dinner time or something??

ABA is disrespectful, demeaning and abusive. It needs to be banned! Ask a neurodivergent adult how it made them feel. I say, Let them flap, let them flick, let them sway or swing. 💗

Is that genuinely a thing? To mess up their train of thought and “model more appropriately” ???

I am an infant toddler developmental specialist who engages with children by following their lead. I simply narrate their actions. I don't require them to ever do things a certain way. I roll with their ideas. I preach this in a group I manage as well where I share lots of info from neuro-divergent sites as well.

Thank you so much!

ABA is torture

Hehe this is the best

I'm an SLP, when I'm in these situations, I try to be the helper, for example find more blocks to give to the child, one by one, for lining them up, also I model language that would be useful in that situation. Sometimes doing this, we really connect with each other. Sometimes I can tell it's frustrating the child, and then I will stop. Because I'm doing piece by piece and modeling, for the purpose of eliciting language, I wonder if this would be considered ABA, even when the child appears to be enjoying the process.

very nice rainbow-ordering. I did that with pins as soon as I could grab them.

Autistic play is valid play

You should have seen me sorting five tubs of Lego into colours, bricks and sets. The kids also like sorting the bricks almost as much as making things with them ( and they get high praise for it 🤣🤣)

Jesus Jesse Carreon

I always fail to see the logic behind ABA. Why is one way to play more appropriate than the other? Why is our stimming bothering you ? It’s not like we are hurting anyone or ourselves ? Isn’t the issue that the society is so obsessed with things that doesn’t bother them and trying to fix it?

This !!!!

Dermot O'Bryan

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“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief” – William Cullen Bryant
Crystal, I still can’t believe it… I’m heartbroken.
Just three weeks ago we promised the (Facebook) world we were going to shake up special ed and make the schools a much kinder and safer place for autistic kids. You were in so much pain but wouldn’t cancel. “No, I want to do this. It’s important to me”, you said when you called me from the hospital exactly 30 days ago to tell me it was back. I think somehow you knew. I promise I won’t give up fighting for L. and all the others. Rest In Peace, my sweet friend. 💔 Julie

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“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief” – William Cullen Bryant
Crystal, I still can’t believe it… I’m heartbroken. 
Just three weeks ago we promised the (Facebook) world we were going to shake up special ed and make the schools a much kinder and safer place for autistic kids. You were in so much pain but wouldn’t cancel. “No, I want to do this. It’s important to me”, you said when you called me from the hospital exactly 30 days ago to tell me it was back. I think somehow you knew. I promise I won’t give up fighting for L. and all the others. Rest In Peace, my sweet friend. 💔 Julie 
The Public Schools Neurodiversity Collective

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I'm confused ... ?

So very sorry for your loss💕

I am so sorry for your loss.

I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤️

So sorry 🙏🙏🙏

Sorry for your loss.

I am so sorry for your loss.

I’m so sorry, Julie….

Oh no. I watched that live & felt so deeply for her mama heart & what it means to leave our children behind. I am so sorry & so glad that she found you before passing - I know that she felt a kind of relief in knowing you would continue to fight alongside L.

I’m so sorry! I was at that FB live event. She was a lovely person! My condolences to you and her family.

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