Therapist Neurodiversity Collective


Therapist Neurodiversity Collective Inc.
– a trailblazer in neurodiversity-affirming therapy, education, and advocacy since January 2018!


Our innovative lecture topics and classes are aligned with a Neurodiversity-Affirming Paradigm, interconnecting cutting-edge contemporary research, autistic lived experiences, and ethical guidance with meaningful, practical applications that prioritize mental health and self-determined quality of life for autistic and other neurodivergent people.


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Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy for Difference in Sensory Integration and Processing

January 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L (she/her)
Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy for Difference in Sensory Integration and Processing

  • Sensory Integration Therapy (Ayres SI) – what it really is
  • Sensory Informed Approaches
  • The neurology of integration
  • The neurology behind graded exposure and tolerance building approaches
  • Consent and client-led therapy (the self-organized child)

Virginia is a British-trained Occupational Therapist. She received her autism diagnosis in early 2021. She is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, child development and infant mental health.  Her extensive pediatric experience includes support for autistic children and their families, those with differences in sensory integration and processing, Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health differences, adoption, developmental trauma, and acquired brain injury.

Virginia obtained her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, from Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara (2021). Her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee (2018) and her BSc in Occupational Therapy from Oxford Brookes University, England (2002). She is certified in the SIPT and has considerable post-graduate training in therapeutic modalities. She is a published author and contributed to the STAR Frame of Reference as part of the 4th Edition of Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy, alongside Dr. Miller and Dr. Schoen. She is also co-designer of the Palaana Sensory Lounger with Slack Lifestyle and hosts the website where her dissertation work on professional reflection can be downloaded for free. Virginia is also a TEDx speaker and spoke on the importance of sensory health at TEDx Mile High in October 2021.

This event will be recorded so those who can’t watch it live may also receive the training. (A one-hour CPE certificate will be made available.)





January 29, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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