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Neurodivergent Affirming Language and Practices in Autism

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Lori Benson Adams, MEd


Neurodivergent Affirming Language and Practices in Autism

With an estimated 1 in 44 children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and approximately 2.2% of the adult population falling into this category, autism activists are becoming increasingly vocal about the need for changes in language, practices, and social supports. Neurodivergent-affirming language and practices differ greatly from the traditional medical model training many educators and therapists. This 90-minute, eye-opening, sometimes uncomfortably challenging webinar discusses current voices in autism advocacy, how we can increase our awareness of promoting self-advocacy and positive neurodivergent paradigms within our communities, and suggests specific ideas for increased diversity within our practices and interventions. Pediatric professionals across various treatment environments can benefit from the material in this webinar. Parents and caregivers may benefit as well.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare key components of medical vs. neurodivergent-affirming paradigms.
  2. Identify specific examples of neurodivergent-affirming language.
  3. Recognize neurodivergent-affirming practices for sensory, social, and executive functioning needs.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, as well as other pediatric professionals, parents/caregivers, and educators
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
  • Course Instructor: Lori Benson Adams, MEd
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-932170

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 05127. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.15 CEUs, Intermediate Level, OT Service Delivery and Professional Issues. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Sensational Brain speaker Lori Benson Adams, MEd, head shot

Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience with students who experience sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges. Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is known for her immediately practical information and wealth of knowledge and resources. Additional information can be found at To view Lori’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Lori Benson Adams receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC and is the owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions and Learning Lotus.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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