The Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
does not endorse any specific therapy methodologies.
Acquired Neurological Conditions
The Therapist Neurodiversity Collective includes patients with acquired neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury, post-stroke cognitive, swallowing and communication deficits, or patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in the category of acquired neurodivergence.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the practice of applying the psychological principles of learning theory in a systematic way to alter behavior in humans or animals. The Therapist Neurodiversity Collective has strong ethical concerns and philosophical differences pertaining to the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) on human beings, including ABA-derived therapy models. Link to Therapist Neurodiversity Collective position on ABA, research, and resources.
AAC encompasses communication methods, including aided and unaided systems, which supplement or replace verbal communication. Examples of unaided systems include gestures, body language, facial expressions, and sign language. An aided system includes some type of tool or device, ranging from the simplicity of pen and paper to a device with a communication screen and a synthesized voice. Links to our position on AAC, research and resources.
What does Evidence-Based Practice look like with a neurodiversity model? Definition, links to recommended therapy models, resources and research.
Pragmatic language is the use of communication, including body language, and comprehension and use of unspoken social rules and expectations in social contexts. The therapeutic judgment of pragmatic language “appropriateness” has historically been based upon comparing a person’s social behavior with that of what resembles “correct” social behavior between neurotypical people. What does non-ableist pragmatic language therapy look like? Links to research and resources.