The Public Schools Neurodiversity Collective (PSNDC) is an education and advocacy community supporting neurodiversity-paradigm aligned classrooms in the public school system. Our work focuses on delivering evidence-based tools and action plans to transform public school classrooms into neurodiversity-affirming, trauma-informed spaces for learning. We support classroom teachers, special education support staff, and parents of autistic and other-neurodivergent K – 12 students.
The Public Schools Neurodiversity Collective is run by the founder of Therapist Neurodiversity Collective,™ Julie Roberts.
Julie is an Autistic Speech-Language Pathologist with decades of public school experience working with autistic and other-neurodivergent special education students.
What does the Public Schools Neurodiversity Collective do?
➤ Provide trauma-informed neurodiversity-affirming education and resources that directly contribute to creating emotionally, psychologically and physically safe and inclusive classrooms.
➤ Advocate on a local and national level for trauma-informed changes to how we educate autistic and other-neurodivergent students.
In the majority of U.S. public schools, the educational framework for K – 12 students is grounded in PBIS, a “positive behavioral interventions, strategies, and supports” behavior management system rooted in ABA that uses rewards (and punishments) to manipulate the behavior of students. The stated goal of PBIS is “preventing unwanted behaviors”, which includes harmless autistic and other-neurodivergent behaviors.
Autistic and other Neurodivergent young people often spend entire school days in emotional, psychological and physical trauma. That there are vastly better and more joyful ways to educate these students.
No one person can single-handedly overhaul a national public education system, but together we can do big things!
Teachers, get on the waitlist for our first course!
➥ Exciting news for teachers! Elevate your teaching career with graduate-level professional development semester credits through Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, Inc. and the University of the Pacific. Click on the Neurodiversity in Education link to save your seat in our first course designed exclusively for teachers.
➥ As an Educational Company Partner with Courses4Teachers, Inc., Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, Inc. is excited to announce our upcoming 15-hour course, Creating Inclusive and Supportive Classrooms: Neurodiversity and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Autistic Students.
➥ This is a fantastic opportunity to learn trauma-informed, neurodiversity-centric teaching methods designed to create a safe, supportive classroom environment where your autistic students can belong and thrive. Grounded in cutting-edge autism research, you’ll be equipped with the latest evidence-based strategies and recommendations for your autistic students to feel valued, understood, and included in a space where their needs are met and their strengths leveraged.
➥ Courses4Teachers, Inc. in affiliation with the University of the Pacific, a prestigious institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, provides practical and motivating courses specifically tailored for teachers seeking salary advancement or credential renewal.
➥ Launching Spring 2024!
15 hour professional development course for teachers with graduate-level professional development semester credits through Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, Inc. and the University of the Pacific. “Creating Inclusive and Supportive Classrooms: Neurodiversity and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Autistic Students.”