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 collaborative for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and licensed assistants.

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective was founded on January 11, 2018.


Mission:

  • 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

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices Series

The Collective’s focus is to align therapy practices within the neurodiversity paradigm. This organization advocates for unapologetically ABA-free, non-compliance/behavioral-based therapy, the ceasing of social skills training because of the harm and trauma caused by masking and camouflage, and respectful practices that include honoring body autonomy and respecting a participant’s “no” or refusal. 

Therapist members are credentialed and licensed pro-neurodiversity-focused, trauma-informed providers who choose to be wholly aligned with the Neurodiversity Movement as a Human Rights Movement. Therapist Neurodiversity Collective recommends that therapy practices do not seek to “normalize” neurodivergent people at the expense of their emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. In co-production with clients, students, and their families, the Collective’s therapy model focuses on empowering neurodivergent people with increased abilities for communicating personal agency, autonomy, self-advocacy, and self-determination, as well as achieving personal goals.

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective advocates for radical changes in therapy practices to reflect presuming competence in the people therapists 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 neurodiversity-affirming ethics and core values.

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Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is therapy, education, and advocacy collaborative for SLPs, OTs, PTs, and Assistants. The Collective's focus is to align therapy practices within the neurodiversity paradigm.

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“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief” – William Cullen Bryant
Crystal, I still can’t believe it… I’m heartbroken.
Just three weeks ago we promised the (Facebook) world we were going to shake up special ed and make the schools a much kinder and safer place for autistic kids. You were in so much pain but wouldn’t cancel. “No, I want to do this. It’s important to me”, you said when you called me from the hospital exactly 30 days ago to tell me it was back. I think somehow you knew. I promise I won’t give up fighting for L. and all the others. Rest In Peace, my sweet friend. 💔 Julie

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“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief” – William Cullen Bryant
Crystal, I still can’t believe it… I’m heartbroken. 
Just three weeks ago we promised the (Facebook) world we were going to shake up special ed and make the schools a much kinder and safer place for autistic kids. You were in so much pain but wouldn’t cancel. “No, I want to do this. It’s important to me”, you said when you called me from the hospital exactly 30 days ago to tell me it was back. I think somehow you knew. I promise I won’t give up fighting for L. and all the others. Rest In Peace, my sweet friend. 💔 Julie 
The Public Schools Neurodiversity Collective

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So very sorry for your loss💕

I am so sorry for your loss.

I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤️

So sorry 🙏🙏🙏

Sorry for your loss.

I am so sorry for your loss.

I’m so sorry, Julie….

Oh no. I watched that live & felt so deeply for her mama heart & what it means to leave our children behind. I am so sorry & so glad that she found you before passing - I know that she felt a kind of relief in knowing you would continue to fight alongside L.

I’m so sorry! I was at that FB live event. She was a lovely person! My condolences to you and her family.

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Flipping the Autism Narrative - Neurodiversity in the Public Schools - Part 3: A conversation with a public school neurodiversity-affirming speech therapy team about their mission to reconstruct autism special education services on a PBIS campus, and how they have radically flipped the social skills training narrative for autistic students on its ableist head. We talk about what neurodiversity-affirming speech services look like with autistic students, what inclusive really means, how to let go of controlling your students' behavior, and where to start.

This is the third in a three-part series - Related Events:

Part 2 (July 14, 2022): A conversation with a neurodiversity-affirming speech therapy team about their mission to reconstruct autism services on a PBIS campus and how they have radically flipped the social skills training narrative for autistic students on its ableist head.
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Part 1 (July 10, 2022): A conversation with a trauma-informed mom & a neurodiversity-affirming therapy provider about their mission to reconstruct autism services on a PBIS campus.
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Bio: Christie Leday has been a licensed and practicing SLP-Assistant for the past twelve years and currently works within the school public setting grades K - 12 where she serves several autistic and other neurodivergent students. Christie previously worked in Home Health where she served multiply disabled children. Christie prioritizes relationship building and is passionate about supporting her students' emotional well-being and sense of safety. She firmly believes that "children do well when they can", so are no expectations for "whole body listening" or complying for compliance sake in the speech room.
In her free time, Christie enjoys being in the company of family and friends, traveling, eating good food and exploring her creative side.

Bio: Kim Rawls has been working as a Speech language Pathologist Assistant for almost 5 years in various public charter schools where she has worked with children in kindergarten through 12th grade. She graduated from the University of Houston- Clear Lake with a bachelor's degree in psychology as well as earned a certification as an SLP-Assistant from the SLP-A Certificate Program at the University of Houston. Upon graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, she worked four and a half years as a social worker for a small nonprofit foster care agency where she discovered her love of speech therapy. Kim is a mother to two children, including a 22 month old and a 3 month old. She is passionate about working with children, especially those who are autistic. She believes in getting to know her students and connecting with them personally in order to better understand and help them with their communication needs in their lives. As an SLP- Assistant, she strives to provide neurodivergent- affirming therapy that is research-informed as well as sensitive to the cultural differences of her students.

Bio: Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP is a late-diagnosed Autistic speech-language pathologist practicing in the public schools. On January 11, 2018, Julie founded Therapist Neurodiversity Collective to support her vision to serve Autistic and other Neurodivergent people and their families by advocating for an industry-wide sea change in therapy provider services centering on Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices, Neurodivergent, and Autistic Social Justice and Human Rights.

The Public Schools Neurodiversity Collective

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As an autistic young adult how can I educated my local school district or provide them this information to hopefully change the way they do speech therapy and other services for autistic students.

This also ties into the expectations for pragmatic language with others as well. I'd love to hear what adults and caregivers need to hearing and doing!

Is there research on the effects of collecting rigorous data during sessions vs longtime acquisition of skills?

It took years for me to help my son build back his self esteem due to the message he received in school.

As an autistic young adult I want to say thank you to you guys. All of this stuff is so important.

That would have been helpful to me, an Autistic peer group

I was isolated by teachers it was considered a matter-of-fact everyday occurrence and it’s scary 🙀

I’m so impressed you’ve been able to make these changes as contractors. I’m an OT and recently left a contracted position for a direct hire position in another district, because when I pushed against ABA techniques, I wasn’t integrated enough into the teams I worked with for them to really listen. Kudos to your team!

Since my son first received a diagnosis 4 years ago, I have been working so hard to figure out how to support him best. Over the years, I have realized that each government-funded therapy (feeding therapy, desensitization therapy, social skills, etc) was doing nothing and in some cases causing him harm. I have learned more from a Facebook community hosted by autistic adults than from all our $$$ therapies. Now you're backing up everything this wonderful group of autistic adults has taught me with research. Thank you.

Is this the Christie you raved about in the previous sessions?

Thank you so much for this! I have to leave to take my own kiddo to speech 😊

Hi! Do we have access to that list of research? 🙂

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Yessss look forward to that research!

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