The Neurodiversity Movement is a Human Rights Movement.
The commercialization of neurodiversity trivializes what the neurodiversity movement is all about, limiting and silencing real activism, distorting its message and its causes. Performative neurodiversity transforms advocacy into individualized, easily marketable products and services that shut down the entire purpose of the movement while turning the focus of neurodiversity onto the influencers, companies, or the therapists themselves. It’s offensive and it’s unethical.
We choose people over profits.
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective member standards must respect
- Human Rights
- Disability Rights
- Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
- CMS and World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Rights and Standards
- Medical/Hospital/Residential Patient Rights
- Student Rights
- Children’s Rights
- International AAC Rights
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective members practice differently.
The use of ABA in therapeutic practices is entirely unacceptable to us.
- No use of ABA or behavioral/compliance-based models in therapy 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
- 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
How to become a Collective Member
Active Collective therapist members who meet all of the directory listing requirements may apply to be listed in the Collective’s online Directory. There is no fee to be listed in our directory. Our mission is to provide the public with free access to therapists who practice with non-behavioral, neurodivergent-affirming frameworks. The Neurodiversity Movement is a Human Rights movement. We choose people over profit.
Membership will re-open to new applicants on January 27. 2022
Annual Student Dues – $49.00 USD
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 become a student member with your university email address.
University therapy students have access to
- All member communications from Therapist Neurodiversity Collective.
- A copy of our ‘Practice Guidelines for Officially Recognized Members,’ a 55-page downloadable ebook to help guide your practicum experiences.
- 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.
- Resources specially created Therapist Neurodiversity Collective that will support you in your career endeavors.
- Access to connect and collaborate with neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned students and professionals around the world in our online forum and in our private Facebook group.
Note: Students must be enrolled with an accredited University in an SLP/ST, OT, or PT program and must use a university email address to join.
Annual Dues – $149.00 USD
An individual therapist may become an official member if you meet our provider requirements (credentialed and/or licensed) and agree to our ethics and values. We do not have practice memberships available.
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Or a Licensed/Credentialed Assistant
Therapists, upon vetting, (you must meet membership criteria) credential and/or license verification, members have access to
- All member communications from Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
- A copy of our ‘Practice Guidelines for Officially Recognized Members,’ a 55-page downloadable ebook to help guide your practices.
- Access to all live and recorded neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned continuing professional education with certificates for Certification Maintenance Hours/Continuing Professional Education (CMH/CPE). In 2022, the Collective is providing 20+ hours of continuing professional education for our members.
- Access to the compilation of research studies, white papers, and scholarly articles arranged by relevant topics, and associated with neurodivergent-affirming practices. Access is solely for use in non-commercial research and/or private study for general knowledge.
- Neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned materials and resources, including educational pamphlets and infographics for use with the public, carers, families, and professionals (colleagues and medical professionals).
- Resources: Report Samples, Goal Examples, Ethics, non-ABA/restraint and seclusion behavior solutions, HIPAA at a glance.
- Connect and collaborate with licensed and credentialed therapists from around the world in a unique neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned private forum, and a private Facebook group.
- Participate in case study discussions and request help with problem-solving for your caseload.
- Have opportunities to take action with our advocacy and activism campaigns, and we will support you in yours.
- Upon membership vetting, list your practice on the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s online directory at no cost. Our mission is to supply free public access to neurodivergent-affirming therapists who practice with our ethics and values.