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

that was founded on January 11, 2018.

What we do:

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

A therapy, education, & advocacy collaborative run by an Autistic SLP.
https://therapistndc.org/

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If you want to get involved with flipping the focus of autism research, you may apply to participate in our VIRTUAL conference to be held in October 2023.
Attendees will be paid $500 for their time and collaboration.
We especially encourage autistic people to apply, including non-speaking, minimally speaking, and/or intellectually disabled, and autistic people in under-identified and underserved populations.
Applicants may also be autism researchers, autistic autism researchers, autistic and non-autistic clinicians, and parents of autistic individuals.
- Julie, AuSLP

To apply use the QR code in the last image, or go to care.therapistndc.org/ for more information.

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If you want to get involved with flipping the focus of autism research, you may apply to participate in our VIRTUAL conference to be held in October 2023.
Attendees will be paid $500 for their time and collaboration. 
We especially encourage autistic people to apply, including non-speaking, minimally speaking, and/or intellectually disabled, and autistic people in under-identified and underserved populations. 
Applicants may also be autism researchers, autistic autism researchers, autistic and non-autistic clinicians, and parents of autistic individuals.
 - Julie, AuSLP
To apply use the QR code in the last image, or go to https://care.therapistndc.org/ for more information.
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I rarely do this, but I am highly recommending that pediatric SLPs who follow Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, along with anyone else who has a young AAC user in their life, purchase the gorgeous book "A Day Without Words" by Tiffany Hammond (from the FB page Fidgets and Fries). I finally received my preordered book from Amazon last week and promptly took it to my schools. The book was a hit, not only with the young students on my caseload who use AAC but with the adults on the campus, too! The Life Skills Teacher and my fabulous SLP Assistant, Vanessa, were both so impressed that they went home to purchase copies for their classrooms. I plan to read this book to my student AAC users and their speaking peers for years to come. - Julie, AuSLP

Image 1 description is of a Latina woman, Vanessa, who has brown hair and is wearing glasses. She is reading "A Day Without Words" by Tiffany Hammond to a young black male student who is using an AAC device to communicate. The student's face is covered with a graphic of a young Black boy's avatar to protect his identity. They are in a small office, sitting at a desk. Text is: A Day Without Words, by Tiffany Hammond.

Image 2 description is of Julie Roberts, a middle-aged woman with blonde hair standing next to a window in a small office. She is holding up a book with the title "A Day With No Words." A white arrow is pointing to the book. The text says, “SLPs need this book!”
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I rarely do this, but I am highly recommending that pediatric SLPs who follow Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, along with anyone else who has a young AAC user in their life, purchase the gorgeous book A Day Without Words by Tiffany Hammond (from the FB page Fidgets and Fries). I finally received my preordered book from Amazon last week and promptly took it to my schools. The book was a hit, not only with the young students on my caseload who use AAC but with the adults on the campus, too! The Life Skills Teacher and my fabulous SLP Assistant, Vanessa, were both so impressed that they went home to purchase copies for their classrooms. I plan to read this book to my student AAC users and their speaking peers for years to come. - Julie, AuSLP
Image 1 description is of a Latina woman, Vanessa, who has brown hair and is wearing glasses. She is reading A Day Without Words by Tiffany Hammond to a young black male student who is using an AAC device to communicate. The students face is covered with a graphic of a young Black boys avatar to protect his identity. They are in a small office, sitting at a desk. Text is: A Day Without Words, by Tiffany Hammond.
Image 2 description is of Julie Roberts, a middle-aged woman with blonde hair standing next to a window in a small office. She is holding up a book with the title A Day With No Words. A white arrow is pointing to the book. The text says, “SLPs need this book!”Image attachment

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My favorite book! I love it!!

I just got my copy and I’m so excited share it with my students!

It is a great book!!

I'm so excited for the day that I can get this book!

Just got mine! Can’t wait to share it with my students and other teachers. What a great way to support inclusion.

Every SLP that I’ve shown it to says “it gave me chills” or they tried hard not to cry. Also, we all thought it was beautiful from a graphic art perspective. There are not enough books with AAC users in it and this is on point!

My only concern is that I’m gonna ugly cry as I try to read it to my students.

This book is amazing!

This beautiful book is sitting on the front desk in our waiting room, inviting families to enjoy it together.

I am loving this book!!!!

Got mine last week too! Kiddo loved it 🙂

Calla Doltoses looks like an awesome resource!

100% agree!

🥹🥹🥹🥹

Fidgets and Fries!

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