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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My little book, The Gold Standard Fallacy of ABA, got a one-star review that is both wholly fabricated and a vicious personal attack. I am absolutely heartbroken. The review falsely said that this Facebook page is monetized. It's not and never has been. The review also noted that I am "making a tremendous amount of money by rehashing the same points over and over." I make no money from social media—none—nor do I make any money from the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective.

I have run this Collective for 6 and a half years and work the equivalent of a full-time job every week on its behalf. Some days it’s stressful and exhausting, but most of the time I feel good about what I have been doing.

I have never taken an income from the Collective. In fact, I have even put what little money I have into it to keep it going when funds have run low. For the last 5 and a half years, I have been undergoing treatment for stage 4 breast cancer and autoimmune issues. During this time, I have earned income as a part-time school-based SLP and, in my late 50s, have no savings or retirement. I live in my adult son's home and drive a 14-year-old car. So, to have someone blatantly lie about the "tremendous amount of money" I am making when I have worked so hard to advance this human rights movement, even at a personal cost, grieves me to my core.

The review said my book is a "compilation of Facebook posts." There's not a single Facebook post in it. The book is a 125-page compilation of peer-reviewed ABA research studies with brief summaries for each one, arranged by topic. It took me months to research and write the book, and I purposely kept the price low so most people could purchase it and use it for advocacy purposes. After people requested, I have been working to publish it in paperback next month. Still, now I wonder if I have only opened up myself to even more hurt.

The review said I had plagiarized work. I have been writing about centering therapy practices in the neurodiversity paradigm since 2017 and have never plagiarized anything. Up until I wrote this little book, everything I have published - articles, and dozens and dozens of free printable resources - has been available to the public at no cost.

After I shared the review with a friend tonight, they asked me what I am going to do. Right now, I don’t know. But I am taking a break from social media for a few days because my heart hurts. – Julie, AuSLP
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You are arguing against a giant for-profit conversion therapy machine and they will fight back hard. F-them and keep it up. ABA is barbaric and needs to be abolished. Don't take it personally as hard as that is to do. I know someone who really wants to join the fight to end ABA. How do I put her in touch with you or anyone who is fighting back. Thank you for your courage.

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🌟 🌟 🌟 A 2024 participatory research study revealed what improves Autistic well-being and quality of life. 🤔💭 What did Autistic adolescents and adults find to be the most important things?
❤️❤️❤️ Important - Feeling good, pursuing passions, and finding joy in authenticity.

🏡 🏡 🏡 Important - A loving family, a calm atmosphere, and safe spaces.
🤝 🤝 🤝 Important - Loyal friends that accept you for who you are, and societal acceptance.
🔥 🔥 🔥 Important - Embracing self-acceptance and prioritizing authenticity, interests and passions, and real, meaningful connection over meeting others' (non-autistic) expectations leads to a good quality of life for Autistic people. – Julie, AuSLP 💛
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#neurodiversity #autism #neurodiversityacceptance #autismacceptance #ActuallyAutistic #autisticrights #neurodiversitymovement #neurodiversity #autism #PT #OT #occupationaltherapy, #occupationaltherapist, #therapist #SLP #SLPeeps #slpgradstudent #neurodiversityaffirming #teacher #autistic #neurodiversityparadigm
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🌟 🌟 🌟 A 2024 participatory research study revealed what improves Autistic well-being and quality of life. 🤔💭 What did Autistic adolescents and adults find to be the most important things?
❤️❤️❤️ Important - Feeling good, pursuing passions, and finding joy in authenticity.
🏡 🏡 🏡 Important - A loving family, a calm atmosphere, and safe spaces.
🤝 🤝 🤝 Important - Loyal friends that accept you for who you are, and societal acceptance.
🔥 🔥 🔥 Important - Embracing self-acceptance and prioritizing authenticity, interests and passions, and real, meaningful connection over meeting others (non-autistic) expectations leads to a good quality of life for Autistic people. – Julie, AuSLP 💛
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#Neurodiversity #autism #neurodiversityacceptance #autismacceptance #ActuallyAutistic #AutisticRights #neurodiversitymovement #Neurodiversity #autism #PT #OT #occupationaltherapy, #occupationaltherapist, #Therapist #SLP #slpeeps #slpgradstudent #neurodiversityaffirming #teacher #autistic #neurodiversityparadigmImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

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Basic needs met and not feeling absolutely miserable. Still working to that point🙏🏻

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🌟 🌟 🌟 Autistic well-being and good quality of life isn’t about conforming to non-autistic ways of being. ❤️ ❤️❤️Autistics thrive through self-acceptance, positive identity, and living authentically.

🚫 🚫 🚫 Traditional ‘autism therapies’ like ABA and social skills training aren't the correct answers to 🤔💭 “What’s a good therapy for Autistic individuals?” and they surely aren’t ‘neurodiversity affirming’ (no matter how much the insist they are! 🙄)

➡️ ➡️ ➡️ Focusing on Autistic self-empowerment: self-acceptance, self-awareness, and self-compassion is the answer to Autistic thriving. 🔑 🔑 🔑 Societal acceptance is the key to Autistic well-being and good quality of life! – Julie, AuSLP 💛
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#Neurodiversity #autism #neurodiversityacceptance #autismacceptance #ActuallyAutistic #AutisticRights #neurodiversitymovement #Neurodiversity #autism #PT #OT #occupationaltherapy, #occupationaltherapist, #Therapist #SLP #slpeeps #slpgradstudent #neurodiversityaffirming #teacher #autistic #neurodiversityparadigm
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🌟 🌟 🌟 Autistic well-being and good quality of life isn’t about conforming to non-autistic ways of being. ❤️ ❤️❤️Autistics thrive through self-acceptance, positive identity, and living authentically.
🚫 🚫 🚫 Traditional ‘autism therapies’ like ABA and social skills training arent the correct answers to 🤔💭 “What’s a good therapy for Autistic individuals?” and they surely aren’t ‘neurodiversity affirming’ (no matter how much the insist they are! 🙄)
➡️ ➡️ ➡️ Focusing on Autistic self-empowerment: self-acceptance, self-awareness, and self-compassion is the answer to Autistic thriving. 🔑 🔑 🔑 Societal acceptance is the key to Autistic well-being and good quality of life! – Julie, AuSLP 💛
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#Neurodiversity #autism #neurodiversityacceptance #autismacceptance #ActuallyAutistic #AutisticRights #neurodiversitymovement #Neurodiversity #autism #PT #OT #occupationaltherapy, #occupationaltherapist, #Therapist #SLP #slpeeps #slpgradstudent #neurodiversityaffirming #teacher #autistic #neurodiversityparadigmImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

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I would tell anyone who would listen that shared interests are the way to connect for years. Ditch the “social skills” groups.

Cue the ‘autism warrior mom’ spouting nonsense about ABA ‘saving’ their child.

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