Through this creative outlet, I intend to touch upon all things relevant to autism, language, connections, research, and new ideas. My mission for this blog is one that is collaborative in nature. I envision sharing not only my perspective, thoughts, and ideas, but also those of other autists as well. I fully recognize that I am both a speaking and motor privileged autistic person; thus, I will never claim to understand or know any person’s own autistic experience as we are all highly unique just like every human on this planet.

One goal is to share my experiences and perspective as it relates to my own personal being as an autistic person living within an allistic societal structure. Another is to stay apprised of the research surrounding autism to share, discuss, and debate together. Thirdly, to pose ideas and topics for us all to reflect upon introspectively which in turn facilitates empathy, better understanding, and personal growth. Finally, I want to use this platform to truly connect with everyone reading whether you are or identify as autistic, neurodivergent, or allistic. One way to progress is to listen and learn from others while validating everyone’s own lived experiences. I aim for this column to be dynamic in nature allowing to flow in and out of topics fluidly allowing us to return to ideas and question them and look for deeper understanding while collaborating to center autistic voices.

So, without further ado, let me introduce myself… I am Jesica (she/her/hers) an autistic individual who happens to currently operate within the world of speech therapy. My professional philosophy which guides me is always presume competence, build connections that foster trust between the client, their family, and myself, utilize both sensory and emotional regulation techniques through mutual or co-regulation to foster positive communication building, positive sense of self-identity, and provide advocacy and support while also helping clients to discover the best ways to advocate for themselves as well.

On a personal note, I am a multiply divergent individual (autistic and ADHD). I have strong special interests in communication building/skills, researching and learning, reading, writing, and animals/nature. I am a complex human with complex ideas, feelings, and emotions as we all are. I look forward to challenging some “truths” that people believe about autism while connecting with others and pushing for a better future for all autistic and neurodivergent people to flourish collectively in their own personal ways. Please join me on this adventure! I hope you learn from me, other autistic voices, and I hope to learn from each of you as well. Hopefully we can better ‘see’ and understand each other through these posts and the comments sections. My only requests are that we all come from a place of respect, compassion and empathy while communicating with each other. Let’s begin the adventure!


NLA SLP International Registry POLICIES

Here are the Communication Development Center Policies that we all probably agree on, because we care about our clients, potential clients, and their families. We want to remind everyone that we are not in competition with one another, rather as a team spreading our neurodiversity mindsets and providing Gestalt Language Processing and Natural Language Acquisition expertise with the world. We want potential clients to know who we are as professionals, but we don’t want to appear to be competing or end up competing with each other. We are all in this together, all learning, and all capable of learning more along with our clients and families, no matter how experienced or well educated we are.

We also presume that we are all SLPs, SLTS, SLPAS, CDAS, and not BCBAs and RBTs. We also presume that we are all ND-affirming, not compliance-based, use child-led therapy, are family focused, and acknowledge the principles of child development and the development of self-regulation.

Each of us is proud of the courses we’ve taken, readings we’ve done, in services we’ve provided in our school or clinic etc… but we’re not in competition with each other so our policy is to respect that our comment section reflects collegiality.

Here are some examples that might illustrate what families would be looking for:

  • Autistic SLP, specializing in ND-affirming client and family support
  • Multilingual; Indian subcontinent languages
  • Extensive experience 18 months-18 years
  • Experience with early childhood Stages 1, 2, and 3
  • Experience with children 18 months-10 years
  • Experience with older students up to 18-years
  • Experience with all ages through early 20s
  • Clinic-based and School-based experience and 2 NLA courses
  • In-home experience after taking the Natural Communication course in Spanish
  • Clinic-based experience with bilingual Hindi and English; completed Uncleft course
  • Team-based services in ND-affirming Elementary School
  • Currently taking the Natural Communication course after completing the Meaningful Speech course
  • OT supported co-treatment with some of our clinic-based clients using NLA and sensory integrative strategies
  • Actively learning about AAC supports for GLPs
  • AAC experience with apraxic/dyspraxic individuals and GLPs University clinic-based services for ALPs and GLPs of all ages
  • Remote services in underserved communities
  • Providing virtual consultative services in these locations

Since our goal is to both reflect your practice as you want to reflect it and maintain the collegiality we mentioned earlier, we will contact you if we feel that an edit to your listing would better reflect those values.