Throughout her career, Julie A. Roberts, M.S, CCC-SLP has served in various healthcare settings with both pediatric and adult populations and has held key healthcare leadership positions, including National Field Director of Corporate Compliance, and Multi-state Regional Clinical Director for the nation’s largest provider of rehab post-acute care. Julie is a prolific blogger and writes articles on disability rights, neurodivergent-affirming, trauma-informed, empathetic therapy practices, and advocacy efforts. Julie is a passionate and tireless patient/client/student rights advocate and activist.
Julie is the founder of Therapist Neurodiversity Collective. Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is a therapy, education, and advocacy international collaborative for licensed SLPs/OTs/PTs and licensed assistants. We provide families, caregivers, and clients free access to a worldwide directory of credentialed and licensed pro-neurodiversity-focused, trauma-informed therapists, businesses, and organizations. Our therapists do not use ABA in our therapy practices for ethical reasons. The Therapist Neurodiversity Collective advocates for changes in therapy practices to reflect presuming competence in the people we serve, championing human rights and dignity of the disabled, and respecting neurodivergent communication and sensory differences. The Therapist Neurodiversity Collective actively partners with Autistic, other neurodivergent, and disabled people to provide updates in contemporary research, educational resources, and educational training opportunities that reflect our core values. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Julie is a native Texan who has lived in Houston since 1999. After spending her childhood in Simi Valley, California, she returned to Texas in 1990. Julie’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas, Arlington and she received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas, Dallas – The Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Julie is nationally certified with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been licensed to practice speech-language pathology within the State of Texas since 1999.
Discourse Processes, A Multidisciplinary Journal, Volume 30, Number 3 – “Repetition in Narratives of African Americans: The Effects of Aphasia” – Hanna K. Ulatowska, Gloria Streit Olness, CaSaundra L. Hill, Julie A. Roberts & Molly W. Keebler (2000) Repetition in Narratives of African Americans: The Effects of Aphasia, Discourse Processes, 30:3, 265-283, DOI: 10.1207/S15326950dp3003_3
The E.C. Barksdale Memorial Essays in History 1993-1994, Volume 13 – First Place: M.M. McKnight Award in Texas Labor History – “Harry Weisbrod and the Founding of the American Federation of Government Employee Lodge 2132, Dallas, Texas, 1962”
- Why We Model Language and Honor All Communication, instead of Using PECS®
- On Writing Masking Goals for Autistic Middle School Girls – Stop It!
- Why Perspective-Taking and Neurodiversity Acceptance? (Part 2 of “Training” Social Skills is Dehumanizing: The One with the Therapy Goals)
- The Problem with PECS®
- “Training” Social Skills is Dehumanizing( Part 1)
- A Letter from an SLP to a Parent, Immediately After an Autism Diagnosis for a 5-Year-Old
- An ASHA Certified SLP’s Personal Perspective on Collaboration, Interprofessional Practice and ABA
Website: Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
LinkedIn: Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP
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