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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Sunday UPDATE ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have electricity! 🙌🎉🍾
I feel horrible for those who still don’t, because it’s really, really hot and muggy. Thanks for all your kind support. - Julie, AuSLP💛

Exhausted and at the point of total meltdown. This is day 6 without electricity in Houston, in July, and CenterPoint Energy’s newest finger-paint map shows “Restoration date pending review” for my address. 😭 The map key’s other colors are scheduled for restoration through the 19th. Does this mean my address won’t be restored until after the 19th? I don’t know, and so can’t plan, (which, for me, is absolutely excruciating). Basically, any semblance of regularly scheduled life is wiped out for who knows how long.

CenterPoint Energy’s gross profit for the twelve months ending March 31, 2024 was $6.707 BILLION, a 7.12% increase year-over-year. Real people are suffering and some are literally dying here. I’m extremely grateful for the lineworkers, but the CP Executives and its Board, and especially Center Point’s CEO should be ashamed of themselves.
We need help. 😭 - Julie, AuSLP
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I’m sorry you’re dealing with this, is there anything we can do to help from afar?

Disabled people disproportionately suffer as a result of the climate crisis.

We live in the US...this should NOT be happening...period!

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it’s not different for an adult. but the ball one is just setting a boundary. its very logical. the other ones make no senses at all. one of these things is not like the others lol.

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This lovely review from Life Through My Lens made my day. ❤️ ❤️❤️ - with gratitude, Julie, AuSLP📚 The Gold Standard Fallacy of ABA: A Review

If you refer to yourself, your practice, or your approach as neuro-affirming, then this book is a must-read.

It's a goldmine.

I read it in one sitting.

It challenges the notion that "ABA is the gold standard therapy" for Autistic children through an extensive review of peer-reviewed research.

It's a resource every educator, parent, and clinician needs.

It's a resource every advocate within the neurodiversity movement needs.

It's a resource every ABA practitioner needs.

The research and insights within it highlight the significant harm and misinformation that have stemmed from the billion-dollar ABA industry.

The author, Julie Roberts, is the founder of the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective and an Autistic ASHA Certified Speech and Language Pathologist. As a neurodiversity speaker, educator, and trainer, she consistently challenges society to rethink its beliefs about Autistic individuals and reconsider harmful therapy and educational practices.

After reading this book, one might seriously reconsider the designation of ABA as the "gold standard" in any aspect.

If anything, it appears to be the gold standard in perpetuating outdated and misinformed notions on child development and neurodivergence.

As Julie points out, "The widespread impact of these efforts has taken a heavy toll on autistic people, resulting in their loss of human dignity, agency, and autonomy, robbing them of their identity and self-esteem, and leaving them with poor mental health outcomes."

The book can be purchased on Amazon:

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This lovely review from Life Through My Lens made my day. ❤️ ❤️❤️ - with gratitude, Julie, AuSLP

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Can we also have a review of the ADOS as the gold standard for diagnosis?

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