Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s
Neurodiversity-Affirming Practice Series

Members-Only Sessions Scheduled for 2022:

Dr. Noah Sasson
Research Presentation

Dr. Catherine Crompton
Research Presentation

Dr. Rebecca Wood
Research Presentation

Dr. Virginia Spielmann – STAR Institute: Sensory Processing
Presentation 1: Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy for Difference in Sensory Integration and Processing Part I
Presentation 2: Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy for Difference in Sensory Integration and Processing Part II

Kieran Rose – The Autistic Advocate
Research Presentation – Autistic Masking & Camouflage
Research Presentation and Application – Monotropism
Presentation – TBD

Kristy Forbes – InTune Pathways
Presentation – PDA

Kelly Mahler, Occupational Therapist
Presentation – Interoception

Julie Roberts, Speech-Language Pathologist, Executive Director – Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
Presentation – Social Skills Training and The Neurodiversity Movement: Research, Lived Experiences, and Ethical Considerations for Therapy Practices

Check here regularly for the updated list as we continue to add speakers to our 2022 Neurodiversity-Affirming Practice Series!
Membership Requirements

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective members practice differently. Join us to learn why and how.

The use of ABA in therapeutic practices is entirely unacceptable to us. 

  • No use of ABA in practices, including the use of positive reinforcement. There are better ways to address behavior and therapy.
  • No desensitization, tolerance, or extinction targets or therapeutic approaches
  • No neuronormative social or sensory goals (training autistic people to mask their sensory systems, monotropic interests systems, anxiety, etc.)
  • No training neurotypical social skills. We practice differently.

We are trauma-informed and respectful of sensory systems, diversity in social intelligence, autistic learning styles, including monotropic interest systems.

The Collective has a zero-tolerance policy for use of ABA and/or neuronormative social skills training including:

  • Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs)
  • Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT; Koegel et al., 2016) – NDBI
  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM; Rogers & Dawson, 2020) – NDBI
  • Joint AttentionSymbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation (JASPER; Kasari et al., 2006) – NDBI
  • Incidental Teaching (McGee, 2005) – NDBI
  • Project Improving Parents as Communication Teachers (Project ImPACT; Ingersoll & Wainer, 2013). – NDBI
  • PECS® 
  • ABA + relationship-based therapy (ABA used in conjunction with DIRFloortime, SCERTS, Hanen, or similar.)
  • Verbal Behavior (VB)
  • The Lovaas Approach
  • Pivot Response Treatment (PRT)
  • Natural Language Paradigm (NLP)
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)
  • Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI)
  • ABA Derived Errorless Learning Therapy Models
  • Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI)
  • Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
  • Social Thinking®
  • The PEERS® Program
  • Social Skills video modeling with the intent for the Autistic person to mimic Neurotypical Social Skills, and mask Autistic characteristics
  • Any neurotypical Social Skills training program that teaches Autistic masking or has goals for Neurotypical Social Skills outcomes
University Student Membership

If you are an actively enrolled student in an accredited, university-level program leading to certification and/or a license to practice speech-language pathology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or physiotherapy, or to practice as a licensed assistant and you meet our requirements, you may join with your university email address.

Therapist Membership

Therapists may join if you meet our requirements and are a credentialed and/or licensed

  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Or a Licensed/Credentialed Assistant 
Directory Listing

You may join here if you meet our directory listing requirements, and are a

  • Licensed and/or credentialed SLP/SLT
  • Licensed and/or credentialed OT
  • Licensed and/or credentialed PT
  • Licensed and/or credentialed Therapy Practice
  • Licensed and/or credentialed Clinic
  • Neurodiversity-affirming School
  • Neurodiversity-affirming Business, Company Organization
  • Neurodiversity-affirming Speaker or Consultant

Student Membership

Annual Student Membership Dues are $34.00

University therapy students you will receive all of the following benefits and more included with your annual membership dues:
  1. All communications and newsletters from Therapist Neurodiversity Collective.
  2. A copy of our ‘Practice Guidelines for Officially Recognized Members,’ a 55-page downloadable ebook upon joining.
  3. Access to live and recorded training sessions on a variety of neurodiversity-related topics. 
    Presenters include SLPs, OTs,  Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent speakers, and researchers from universities around the world.
    Training includes cited research to support the session, as well as handouts and materials for to support neurodivergent-affirming practices.
  4. Lots of extra resources that will support you in your career endeavors.
  5. Access to connect and collaborate with neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned students and professionals around the world.

Note: Students must be enrolled with an accredited University in an SLP/ST, OT, or PT program and use a university email address to join. 

Formal Collective Membership

Annual Individual Membership Dues are $139.00

Therapists, upon credential and license verification, you will receive all of the following benefits with your annual membership dues:
  1. Receive all communications and newsletters from Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
  2. Receive a copy of our ‘Practice Guidelines for Officially Recognized Members,’ a 55-page downloadable ebook upon joining
  3. Access to all live and recorded neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned training sessions with certificates for Certification Maintenance Hours/Continuing Professional Education (CMH/CPE)
    Presenters include SLPs, OTs, Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent speakers, and University Researchers from universities around the world.
    Training includes cited research to support the session, as well as handouts and materials for to support neurodivergent-affirming practices.
  4. Access to continually updated compilations of over 250+ research studies, white papers, and scholarly articles (entire papers in pdf form) by relevant topic. (Some papers will come with additional synopsis of the paper.)
  5. Receive a series of bonus neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned material or resources throughout the year, including pamphlets and infographics for use with the public, carers, families, and professionals (colleagues and medical professionals).
  6. Extra resources: Report Samples, Goal Examples, Ethics, non-ABA/restraint and seclusion behavior solutions, HIPAA at a glance, and more.
  7. Connect and collaborate with licensed and credentialed therapists from around the world in a unique neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned private forum.
  8. Participate in case study discussions and request help with problem-solving for your caseload.
  9. Have opportunities to take action with our advocacy campaigns.

Directory Listing

Annual Business Directory Listings are $287.00

Advertise with Therapist Neurodiversity Collective and Be Found Online

When people are seeking genuinely neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned professional services, your practice or business will be there, ready to help. Once you create your profile with us, your organization will appear on Therapist Neurodiversity Collective and in search engines like Google, making it easy for new clients to find you. We take care of all the SEO work for you

Convey Trust and Integrity

Align your organization with Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, a trusted name in neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned therapy practices, and highlight your dedication to ethics. People trust us because we maintain strict membership requirements, individually verifying every organization, business, and practice listed with us.

For 12 months from the date of publication, the annual Business Directory Listing membership dues:

  1. Covers the initial and ongoing costs of verifying that your Practice/Business/School/Company application, website, and social media meet our stringent advertiser criteria.
  2. If the advertiser is a therapy provider, dues also cover verifying license and credentials for the practice owner(s).
  3. Covers web development to implement your Directory Listing.
  4. Includes a link from the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective website’s Official Business Directory to your practice’s website or Facebook page or other Social Media for 12 months. (Your directory listing includes a short description of the services or goods offered, along with one photo or logo icon to display with your link on our directory, along with contact information.)