Therapist
Neurodiversity
Collective

Therapist
Neurodiversity
Collective

Inc.         

Inc.

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

that was founded on January 11, 2018.

What we do:

✦ Champion a transformative vision of acceptance and equitable inclusion for autistic, other-neurodivergent, and other-disabled people.

✦ Offer unparalleled, free and affordable public education that upholds the value of neurodiversity, highlighting contemporary autism research, trauma-informed practices, and methodologies built on presuming competence and upholding dignity and human rights.

✦ Foster partnerships and professional growth for our therapist members aligned with the neurodiversity paradigm.

An Autistic-led organization, the Collective’s work is focused on aligning therapy and education practices within a neurodiversity-affirming paradigm rooted in the Neurodiversity Movement’s goal to protect the rights and welfare of autistic and other neurodivergent people. We champion self-determination and promote self-esteem.  We honor personal agency, body autonomy, sensory system needs, social communication authenticity, and an autistic/neurodivergent person’s right to say “No”.

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is unapologetically ABA-free and we don’t train social skills. Dehumanizing, compliance-based practices have been linked to poor mental health outcomes and increased suicidality in autistic adults. 

Therapists who are aligned with Therapist Neurodiversity Collective are credentialed and licensed pro-neurodiversity-focused, trauma-informed providers, wholly allied with the Neurodiversity Movement as a Human Rights Movement. We believe that therapists and educators shouldn’t try to “normalize” autistic and other-neurodivergent people at the expense of their emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. 

We are activists centered on flipping the autism narrative, impacting radical changes in therapy and education practices, and championing autistic and other neurodivergent human rights.

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Therapist Neurodiversity Collective

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective

A therapy, education, & advocacy collaborative run by an Autistic SLP.
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🌎 🌍🌏Today, on World Autism Acceptance Day, Therapist Neurodiversity Collective honors and celebrates Autistic people around the globe. We are radically embracing diversity and working towards creating a more inclusive world where everyone is respected and valued for who they are.
🌟 🌟 🌟 Deconstructing autism stigma, breaking down artificial social barriers, and equitably including ALL Autistic people (children, adults, geriatric, races, ethnicities, cultures, non-speaking, and other intersecting identities) means flipping the pathology paradigm on its head 🙃and considering autism as just another example of diversity among humans.

#WorldAutismAcceptanceDay #ActuallyAutistic #neurodiversity
#autismacceptance #autism #socialjustice #neurodiversityacceptance #neurodiversitymovement #autisticrights
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🌎 🌍🌏Today, on World Autism Acceptance Day, Therapist Neurodiversity Collective honors and celebrates Autistic people around the globe. We are radically embracing diversity and working towards creating a more inclusive world where everyone is respected and valued for who they are. 
🌟 🌟 🌟 Deconstructing autism stigma, breaking down artificial social barriers, and equitably including ALL Autistic people (children, adults, geriatric, races, ethnicities, cultures, non-speaking, and other intersecting identities) means flipping the pathology paradigm on its head 🙃and considering autism as just another example of diversity among humans. 
#WorldAutismAcceptanceDay  #ActuallyAutistic #Neurodiversity
 #autismacceptance #autism #socialjustice #neurodiversityacceptance #neurodiversitymovement #AutisticRights

What is acceptance? By Emergent Divergence: The neurodivergent ramblings of David Gray-HammondAutism Acceptance > Autism Awareness

#ActuallyAutistic #AutismAwarenessMonth #AutismAcceptanceMonth
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What is acceptance? By Emergent Divergence: The neurodivergent ramblings of David Gray-Hammond

Autball 🎯🎯🎯Your child is having outbursts at school, or at home, or wherever else, on a pretty regular basis. And at some point, someone suggests that they need to learn better coping skills.

They suggest therapy, or maybe there’s even a special program at school. Because yes, better coping skills/self-regulation skills/frustration tolerance really would solve everything, wouldn’t it?

Well those are fine skills to have, to be sure, but more often than not, it’s not what that child (or adult) needs most. What they really need is someone to figure out what’s stressing them out so much and then do something about THAT.

Because it’s not actually weird to be distressed over distressing things. Maybe *you* don’t understand what’s so distressing about school or the grocery store or that new person in the house, but that doesn’t mean *their* distress isn’t legit.

People really like to suggest better coping skills for autistic, ADHD, and otherwise ND folks. And what they’re really saying with this an awful lot of the time is, “Can you please stop being so distressed by distressing things because it’s making a lot of work for us and we’re not about to change anything for you.”

So before you put them in some sort of therapy that will teach them that they’re wrong to be upset about the things that upset them and how to get better at pretending to be okay, maybe consider that you might be expecting them to “cope” with more than they can reasonably be expected to.

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“What if they don’t need more coping skills?
What if they just need you to stop giving them so much to cope with?”

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