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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🌟 🌟 🌟 Let's take a moment to talk about the therapy goals we write for autistic kids. Are we focusing on compliance with non-autistic ways of being? 🤔
Think about it - when we set goals like responding "appropriately" to bullying or “accepting criticism without getting upset”, what are we teaching? 💭
It's crucial consider autistic perspectives. For example, expecting an autistic young person to engage in conversations about non-favorite topics for so many turns - are we going to insist that non-autistic peers engage equally in conversations about the autistic kid's interests? 🔄 Probably not.

We know that there are alarmingly high rates of poor mental health among autistic children and adolescents. 🚨 So, ethically, we need to consider whether some of these outcomes are connected to the kinds of therapy services autistic young people receive. Instead of aiming for compliance, 🎯 let’s target self-fulfillment and nurturing autistic ways of being. 🌈 - Julie, AuSLP 💛

#ActuallyAutistic #Therapist #SLP #PT #autismacceptance #autism #OT #mentalhealthmatters #SocialSkillsTraining #neurodiversityaffirming
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🌟 🌟 🌟 Lets take a moment to talk about the therapy goals we write for autistic kids. Are we focusing on compliance with non-autistic ways of being? 🤔
Think about it - when we set goals like responding appropriately to bullying or “accepting criticism without getting upset”, what are we teaching? 💭
Its crucial consider autistic perspectives. For example, expecting an autistic young person to engage in conversations about non-favorite topics for so many turns - are we going to insist that non-autistic peers engage equally in conversations about the autistic kids interests? 🔄 Probably not.
We know that there are alarmingly high rates of poor mental health among autistic children and adolescents. 🚨 So, ethically, we need to consider whether some of these outcomes are connected to the kinds of therapy services autistic young people receive. Instead of aiming for compliance, 🎯 let’s target self-fulfillment and nurturing autistic ways of being. 🌈 - Julie, AuSLP 💛
#ActuallyAutistic #Therapist #SLP #PT #autismacceptance #autism #OT #mentalhealthmatters #SocialSkillsTraining #neurodiversityaffirmingImage attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

Sitting in a long, long meeting today going over the results of a child’s autism evaluation where I was one of the evaluators. The psychologist reviews their section of the report, and concludes by saying the kid "doesn’t meet criteria for autism." Okay, fine. I agree. Then they start to explain why… 🔎 🔎 🔎 This kid can’t be autistic because they, (wait for it!) “demonstrated empathy towards others.” 🤦‍♀️ Of course everyone nods along, agreeing because, obviously, we all know that autistic people lack the capacity for empathy. 😖

Reader, if you are a pediatric service provider and still believe this myth, 🤨 its’ vital that you read on - because it’s time ⏰ for professionals put this pervasive “lacking empathy” myth to rest once and for all. 🚫 It's not just wrong; it's stigmatizing and, frankly, dehumanizing.

To quote Hari Srinivasan, 💡 💡 💡 “Neurotypical people may assume that we autistics are incapable of empathy, when in fact, we just happen to express it differently. (Fletcher-Watson & Bird, 2019). 💡 💡 💡

▶ ▶ ▶ AND, “…the autistic manifestation of empathy could not only be more intense but also more all-encompassing that the neurotypical model. (Fletcher-Watson & Bird, 2019). In fact, autistic children have been shown to possess what's known as "heightened emotional empathy"—the ability to directly feel what others are feeling (Smith, 2009).

So, dear pediatric service providers, let’s stop the neurotypical gatekeeping of the concept of empathy (Bollen, 2023) 🛑🛑🛑 and dive into some contemporary autism research this week!
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Adults projecting and transferring their theory of mind upon our vulnerable insides? Thats their observable brain activities. Projection and transference. They don’t have empathy, their brain activity is obviously projection and transference of their theory of mind, which is not the brain activity of empathy, is it?

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