Neurodiversity & Therapy

To learn more, please visit our directory at https://www.ndtherapists.com

Interested in Neurodiversity Consultation? Email telesanaohio@outlook.com

Neurodiversity refers to variation in human brain development and functioning. Specifically, there are often differences in our ability to learn, sustain attention, regulate our mood, and engage in social communication with others. Neurodivergent individuals can have significant differences that impact how they interact with the world. For example, a neurodivergent person may have heightened sensory experiences that make it hard to be in large crowds or loud spaces. This can create unique challenges for them, as many spaces have been created for neurotypical people who do not face these same differences.

Neurodivergent individuals are sometimes diagnosed with specific conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), and/or other related conditions. A diagnosis is not required to identify as neurodivergent, as the neurodiversity paradigm is a non-pathologizing way of viewing brain development and functioning. There are also many challenges that prevent folks from obtaining a diagnostic assessment, especially as an adult. Many adults go undiagnosed and may not even be aware of their neurodivergence, as there has been limited research and supports provided for neurodiverse adults.

Neurodivergent Therapists is directory of providers who have been diagnosed as Autistic or self-identify as neurodivergent.

Due to limited research and supports, there has been a history of providers attempting to make neurodivergent people change their behaviors to fit neurotypical standards. This has caused significant harm to those in the community and has made it harder for neurodiverse people to feel accepted in our society. In response to these challenges, neurodivergent folks began advocating for acceptance of their neurological differences. This fight for acceptance is called the “neurodiversity movement,” which has roots in the disability rights movement.

In an effort to increase safe supports for neurodivergent folks, our founder developed a directory of neurodivergent therapists who have an understanding of these concepts and are operating from a perspective of acceptance. Therapists listed in this directory can offer psychotherapy services for neurodivergent clients, and can also offer referrals for those who want a formal diagnosis. As someone who is autistic herself, this is extremely important to our founder and her goal to increase supportive and accepting spaces for other autistic folks.

To learn more, please visit our directory at https://www.ndtherapists.com

Amelia Slama joins this episode of Autism Stories to talk about her experience as a therapist and creating a directory of neurodivergent therapists in the United States and beyond.

Amelia Slama joins this episode of Autism Stories to talk about her experience as a therapist and creating a directory of neurodivergent therapists in the United States and beyond. Click here or below to listen to the podcast episode!

podcast episode featuring Amelia Galier Slama

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