Human Rights Positions
Restraint and Seclusion are never therapeutic!
Therapy Neurodiversity Collective members do not use Seclusion and Restraint in our Practices. Read our position statement HERE.
Ongoing Advocacy Projects
Advocacy Project Protest CCC-SLP Board Certified Specialist in ASD (BCS-ASD)
The Therapist Neurodiversity Collective condemns the CCC-SLP Board Certified Specialist in ASD (BCS-ASD).
Competency Requirements: Board Certified ASHA Speech-Language-Pathologists are required to have knowledge of the core features of operant learning theory and application of behavior analysis, including positive and negative reinforcement and positive and negative punishment.
The American Board of Autism Spectrum Disorders has determined that sensory integration dysfunction (SID) is a controversial and unsubstantiated diagnosis. BCS-ASD CCC-SLPs will be required to “lead and supervise teams of interventionists” (behavior technicians) and supervise “ABA insurance-reimbursed services related to communication.”
The American Board of Autism Spectrum Disorders Executive Board members are Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel and Dr. Stephen M. Camarata. Lynn Koegel and her husband, Robert, are the developers of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), a behavior treatment for Autism. PRT is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Currently, this Clinical Specialty petition is in STAGE 2 (“Accepted”) per the American Speech & Hearing Association’s process. Following Stage 2 acceptance by ASHA, the petitioning group is permitted to move forward with establishing their Specialty Certification Board, by completing additional steps before the board becomes operational and able to accept applications.
Completed Advocacy Campaigns
Goal: ASHA Board of Directors DENY the establishment of a Special Interest Group in Applied Behavior Analysis in Speech-Language Pathology Practice.
Victory: 1/28/2022: Thanks to our grassroots efforts, in a 0-15 unanimous vote, the ASHA Board of Directors denied the establishment of an ABA SIG.