Membership is designed for Licensed and/or Credentialed Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapists:
(e.g. Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist, etc.)
- Get in-depth, innovative, evidence-based neurodiversity-focused, professional development by attending live online events and accessing the recorded webinars, including all past recorded events, on your own schedule.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest neurodiversity-affirming research by accessing carefully curated scientific papers, journal articles, and white papers.
Get access to all of Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s upcoming Professional Development Events with an active membership. Handouts and accompanying certificates for Professional Development Hours are included with each Continuing Education event.
Active membership also gets you access to on-demand recordings of recent and past events and the accompanying handouts, along with each event’s CPE certificate.
An active Membership includes access to neurodiversity-affirming professional development live and on-demand courses and seminars, carefully curated relevant research, and resources that support empathetic and respectful, evidence-based, neurodiversity-affirming practices including:
- Updates from researchers summarizing their latest work.
- Contemporary Research papers and Terminology that aren’t widely known such as interoception, alexithymia, The Double Empathy Problem, Diversity in Social Intelligence. Autistic Masking and Camouflage, Monotropism.
- How to conduct respectful, empathetic, neurodiversity-affirming assessments and write strength-based reports using respectful, identity-first language.
- How to write therapy goals in co-production with clients and families that
- Improve the self-determined quality of a client’s life, based on the physical (sensory), emotional and psychological well-being wants and needs of the client, and not on “normalization”.
- Foster autonomy and teach clients to effectively protest, and to give or retract consent.
- Support sensory integration and processing rather than targeting tolerance and extinction.
- Foster autistic and other neurodivergent identities rather than training autistic masking through traditional social skills therapy approaches.
- Target self-advocacy, self-determination, and personal agency (and why these objectives are so important).
- Target self-determined client objectives that solve problems, meet needs, and achieve personal goals.
- Develop authentic, robust communication in the mode determined by a participant, leading to them meeting their needs, wants, and goals.
- Teach participants how to establish and maintain their personal boundaries and respect the boundaries of those around them.
- Why eliminating barriers and recommending and implementing environmental supports, modifications and accommodations are just as important as teaching skills.
- Why access to AAC is a human right, why AAC therapy must shift to focus on autonomy and authentic communication, and why AAC modeling is a best practice.
- Why training autism acceptance to family members, educators, and professional peers is vital.
- How acquired neurodivergent patients have their autonomy violated by providers and why our practices must change.
Licensed and/or Credentialed Therapists
Annual Professional Development Membership – $149
Membership is open to individual practicing therapists whose licenses and/or credentials can be verified online.
You may apply to become an official individual member if you meet our provider requirements (credentialed and/or licensed) and agree to uphold our ethics and values.
Practice memberships are not available.
Active Members, get access to
- All member communications from Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
- All live and recorded neurodiversity-paradigm-aligned continuing professional education events with certificates for Certification Maintenance Hours/Continuing Professional Education (CMH/CPE).
- All recorded past events.
- Access to a carefully curated compilation of research studies, white papers, and scholarly articles arranged by relevant topic and associated with neurodivergent-affirming practices. Access is solely for use in non-commercial research and/or private study for general education knowledge.
- Opportunities to take action with human rights 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 additional cost. Our mission is to supply free public access to neurodivergent-affirming therapists who agree to practice with our ethics and values.
With an active membership, therapists who meet directory listing requirements may apply to be listed in the Collective’s online Directory. There is no fee to be listed in the directory. Our mission is to provide the public with free access to therapists who practice with non-behavioral, neurodivergent-affirming frameworks.
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 real purpose of the human rights movement, turning the focus of neurodiversity onto the influencers, companies, or the therapists themselves.
We choose people over profits, which is why Therapist Neurodiversity Collective strives to offer neurodiversity-affirming SLPs, OTs, and PTs access to high-quality, affordable professional development hours that effect meaningful change in our therapy approaches.
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective membership standards respect and uphold
- 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
The use of ABA, behavioral-based, or compliance-focused approaches in therapeutic practices is entirely unacceptable to us, including:
- The use of ABA or behavioral/compliance-based models in therapy practices, and the use of positive reinforcement. There are better ways to address behavior and therapy.
- Therapy goals with outcomes of desensitization, tolerance, or extinction.
- Therapy goals or programs designed for neuronormative social or sensory outcomes (training autistic people to mask their sensory systems, monotropic interest systems, anxiety, etc.)
- Neurotypical social skills training. We practice differently.
Neurodiversity-affirming therapists refuse to use compliance-based behavioral approaches or any form of ABA, and do not provide therapy services for neuronormative social skills training. Collective member applicants agree to abandon the following:
- 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
Neurodiversity-Affirming Practice Series for SLPs, OTs, PTs, and Assistants
Continuing Professional Educational Events
Dr. Alejandro Brice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL – September 9, 2022
“A subarachnoid hemorrhage case study in acquired neurodivergence”
Dr. Alejandro Brice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL – September 30, 2022
“Alzheimer’s dementia in a bilingual case study: A son’s perspective”
Dr. Catherine Crompton – Recorded Session, Handout, and Poster Available Now!
“Neurodiverse Interaction – Communication and learning between autistic and non-autistic people”.
Donnie Denome – Publications Associate, Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Recorded Session, Handout, and Poster Available Now!
Full-time AAC User
“Providing Ethical, Respectful, and Effective Therapy for Autistic and Other Neurodivergent Clients”
Kelly Mahler, Occupational Therapist, Interoception Expert – Recorded Session and Handouts Available Now!
“An Overview of Interoception for the Therapist”
Kate McLaughlin, M.S., CCC-SLP – AAC Specialist
Authentic Connection: Maximizing Motivation and Learning for Emergent AAC Learners – September 11, 2022
AAC Modeling for Autonomy & Language Learning – Recorded Session and Handouts Available Now!
Normandy Rindahl, OT – October 7, 2022
Occupational Therapy with Autistic Clients: Valuing and Promoting Neurodiversity
Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist, Founder of Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
Social Skills Training and The Neurodiversity Movement: Research, Lived Experiences, and Ethical Considerations for Therapy Practices – Coming Soon!
Pragmatic Language, Self-Advocacy, Functional and Practical Goal Writing, and Therapy Applications – Coming Soon!
Social Skills Training – Why not, and what to do instead. Part 1 – Recorded Session Available Now!
Social Skills Training – Why not, and what to do instead. Part 2 – Recorded Session Available Now!
Dr. Noah Sasson – Recorded Session and Handouts Available Now!
“FROM DEFICITS TO DIFFERENCES: UNDERSTANDING MECHANISMS OF SOCIAL DISABILITY IN AUTISM”
Dr. Virginia Spielmann – STAR Institute: Sensory Processing – Recorded Session Available Now!
“Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy for Difference in Sensory Integration and Processing
Dr. Rebecca Wood Ph.D. – Recorded Session Available Now!
Understanding and Valuing the Communication of Autistic Children and Adults in Schools
Dr. Sarah Zate, MD – August 5, 2022
“The Process of Change: Evolving the ABA Discussion at the Provider Level”
Medical Neglect – Physician and Court Ordered ABA for Autistic Children
Applicants for membership agree to uphold Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s Ethics & Values
- Members are advocates for Disability Rights and Civil Rights
- Members are advocates for equitable inclusion, and unrestricted access to supports, modifications, and accommodations
- Members use ethical billing practices in all settings
- Members adhere to ethical sales of therapy/parent materials/apps/programs
- Members provide therapeutic programs that are respectful of neurodivergence, such as autistic differences and sensory processing differences, and address the individual’s specific needs as opposed to a diagnostic label
- Members practice with a presumption of competence and respect for personal agency
- Members apply a Strength-Based Approach
- Members are unapologetic in their opposition to the use of ABA, including Positive Supports and Positive Reinforcement (PBS and PBIS)
- Members use humane and trauma-informed approaches to Feeding Therapy
- Members provide access to robust AAC with core language, aided language stimulation, and modeling with no prerequisites
- Members respect Body Autonomy
- Members do not use Seclusion and Restraint in our Practices
- Members do not act as Social Skills Trainers/Interventionists
- Members practice with cognizance of the potentially harmful effects of social skills programs that promote masking
- Members will use no application of Exposure Therapy (any form of “tolerance” or “extinction”, in Vivo and Flooding, Imaginal), that potentially induces emotional distress, trauma, and PTSD. This includes ERP, DPT, sensory system desensitization, or any type of operative conditioning or respondent conditioning (behavior modification through conditioning)