What makes you an ND Affirming Service Provider
I think many things. I have a lived understanding of the impact of emotional regulation and sensory experiences and that all brains and people are unique. I do not pathologise or use language that conveys this.
- I make a lot of accommodations for sensory issues, lights, heat, fidget toys, sounds in both session and waiting areas
- Often sessions are directed by my client and I meet them where they are at that day and also dynamically throughout the session
- I do not use any approach that is not neuroaffirming e.g ABA, and anything else that deems ND differences wrong or pathological
I often use things to triangulate eye contact - some of my clients naturally do not like direct eye contact (including myself)
- Having lived experience - I know the difference between burnout and depression - and what can lead to both (for example, masking, camouflaging), so the treatment approach for depression vs burnout can be radically different! For example - it’s ok to socially isolate when you're overwhelmed as an ND!
- I work with ND folk (it’s actually easier for me bc we are on the same wavelength), on their unique strengths and from a strengths based perspective. I don't view their differences as deficits but differences and working from acceptance and compassion
- All my clients goals are theirs not mine or any one elses for that matter
Where needed we work on self advocacy skills - which are often under developed when clients come to me and they have been misdiagnosed and “failures of a system"
- Other skills like relationships, coping - bc living in a NT world is tough for us
- Im not trying to fix anyone - it’s about celebrating the differences, compassion and learning how to thrive in a NT and often intolerant hostile world.
Ive probably forgotten stuff - bc a lot of this I think comes intuitively. I have an autistic and ADHD children and I parent them in similar ways. So practicing in this way comes naturally to me.