Therapist Neurodiversity Collective

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  • 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), or any type of operative conditioning or respondent conditioning (behavior modification through conditioning).
  • Members use humane and trauma-informed approaches to Feeding Therapy.
  • Members provide access to robust AAC with core language, aided language stimulation, and modeling. There is no gatekeeping for access to AAC. AAC is for non-speaking, minimally speaking and speaking individuals.
  • 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 do not use applications of exposure therapy (any form of “tolerance” or “extinction,” in Vivo and Flooding, Imaginal), as these potentially induce emotional and physical distress, trauma, and PTSD in Autistic and Wider-Neurodivergent individuals as well as patients with acquired neurological conditions. This includes exposure techniques used in CBT and ERP, distress tolerance techniques used in DBT, and sensory system desensitization goals.