Guided by Autistic and otherwise Neurodivergent therapists and mentors, Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is an international therapy, education, and advocacy collaborative for therapists, therapist assistants, and students. Our members practice within the neurodiversity paradigm. We provide unapologetically ABA-free, non-compliance/behavioral-based therapy, and our members do not provide social skills training because of the harm and trauma caused by masking and camouflage. Our members honor body autonomy and respect a participant’s “no” or refusal. Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s therapy framework is based on contemporary research including The Double Empathy Problem, Diversity in Social Intelligence, Monotropism, and Autistic Masking and Camouflage.
Our therapists are credentialed and licensed pro-neurodiversity-focused, trauma-informed providers who are wholly aligned with the Neurodiversity Movement as a Human Rights Movement. Our therapists do not seek to “normalize” neurodivergent people at the expense of their emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. The Collective’s therapy model focuses on empowering our clients with communicating personal agency, autonomy, self-advocacy, and self-determination, and accomplishing therapy goals defined by neurodivergent people themselves.
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective advocates for radical changes in therapy practices to reflect presuming competence in the people we 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 educational resources to the public, and neurodiversity-affirming educational training opportunities for therapists that reflect our ethics and core values.
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective was founded on January 11, 2018. Our mission is
- 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