Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP (she/her) holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Since 1999, she has been dedicated to empowering students, clients, and patients with stronger speech, language, and functional communication abilities and self-advocacy skills, using a trauma-informed, respectful, and empathetic, therapy framework. Julie is unequivocally aligned with the Neurodiversity Movement as a Social Justice / Human Rights Movement.
Julie is an experienced SLP who has served people of all ages and in a variety of settings including pediatric practice, public schools, and adult and geriatric rehabilitation, both in-patient and out-patient. She has worked in the capacities of a private practice owner, a multi-state region clinical educator, and a national director of compliance. Julie is an experienced, skillful multi-disciplinary Autism team member who identifies children as Autistic with the invaluable insight of a pro-neurodiversity, Autistic SLP.
Julie founded the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, on January 11, 2018, and serves as the Executive Director. Therapist Neuordiversity Collective’s mission is
- to provide free public access to non-behavioral based, trauma-informed, neurodiversity paradigm aligned therapists
- to advocate for acceptance and equitable inclusion for the neurodivergent and other-disabled populations we serve
- to provide neurodivergent-affirming education to therapists and to the public about non-behavioral therapy practices and methodologies that presume competence, are non-trauma inducing, and respect human rights, dignity, and sensory preferences
Julie is a professional speaker and consultant, who trains professionals in evidence-based, relationship-focused, neurodiversity-affirming best practices that:
- are truly neurodivergent-affirming
- focus on client strengths
- presume competence
- are non-trauma inducing
- are ABA-free and non-compliance based
- respect human rights, human dignity, and sensory preferences
- honor neurodivergent social communication differences
Future and Past Speaking Engagements Include:
- The Interrelation between The Neurodiversity Movement and Evidence-Based SLP Practices. South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCSHA). October 21, 2022.
- Alternatives to ABA. Children’s Law Center, Washington D.C. July 13, 2022.
- Social Skills Training and The Neurodiversity Movement: Research, Lived Experiences, and Ethical Considerations for Therapy Practices. SpeechPathology.com. July 26, 2022.
- The Neurodiversity Movement: Research-Based, Empathetic and Respectful Neurodivergent-Affirming Therapy Practices. SpeechPathology.com. June 21, 2022.
- The Neurodiversity Movement and Implications for Ethical Therapy Practices. SpeechPathology.com. June 21, 2022.
- Spectrumly Speaking Podcast, May 6, 2022
- The Neurodiversity Paradigm, a Sea Change in SLP Practice Frameworks. ASHA SIG 14. February 23, 2022.
- Social Skills: A Pro-neurodiversity Paradigm. Connecticut Youth Services Association’s 49th Annual Conference. October 22, 2021.
- Shifting Therapies towards an empathetic and respectful Neurodiversity Paradigm. Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. September 23, 2021.
- WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio NYC, “Neurodiversity Experts Talk Interview”. April 16, 2021.
- Autism from a Neurodiversity Paradigm. TUCSON Unified School District. February 17, 2021.
- Autism from a Neurodiversity Paradigm. Kean University. October 22, 2020.
- SLP Scope of Practice: Ethical Considerations for Professional and Consumer Advocacy. TSHA Annual Conference 2020.
- Harmony Public Schools – Three separate professional development presentations surrounding Autism from a Neurodiversity Paradigm (2019 – 2020).
Julie is a frequent writer about disability rights and empathetic therapy practices. Her articles and educational resources have reached well over three-quarters of a million people and are frequently cited in other presentations and articles. Julie is a passionate client rights advocate who believes that all marginalized humans are entitled to the inherent rights of civil liberties, dignity, self-advocacy, self-determination, and equitable access.
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