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What Is a Neurodivergent Affirming Practice?

Transformations Therapy Center strives to be a neurodivergent affirming practice. We see diagnoses such as ADHD, Autism, sensory challenges, and other neurodivergent ways of being as “naturally occurring variants in human neurology” and not as psychopathology. This is a fancy way of saying that we will view these diagnoses as having both strengths and challenges, rather than a list of personal deficits.

A neurodivergent affirming approach helps individuals to understand and accept themselves, communicate their needs effectively and also helps parents advocate for accommodations for their child’s cognitive profile.

Disclaimer: With regards to ABA therapy, Transformations Therapy Center stands by the Autistic community that this treatment modality has caused significant harm, including but not limited to increased risk of PTSD and suicidality in individuals who received this treatment. Recently the American Medical Association has officially modified the language in their bylaws to reflect the ever-growing evidence against ABA therapy.

References:

Invisible Abuse: ABA and the things only autistic people can see

Let's Talk About ABA

Recommended Resources:

Unmasking Autism by Devon Price PhD

Is This Autism: A Guide for Clinicians and Everyone Else by Donna Henderson PhD

Sincerely Your Autistic Child:What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity

I Will Die on This HIll: Autistic Adults, Autism Parents, and the Children Who Deserve a Better World by by Meghan Ashburn and Jules Edwards

Brain Body Parenting: How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids by Mona Delahooke PhD

Neuroclastic.com

How to ADHD - Youtube

Explaining Brains (for Parents)

Strengths Based Diagnostics & "The Legend of Autistica" with Matt Lowry

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