Neurodiversity 101: A primer for a Neurodiversity Affirming Practice

Cynthia Coupe, MA, CCC-SLP
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Course Description

In this course, we will define important neurodivergent terms, look at strengths and challenges for the top 2 neurodevelopmental diagnoses, discuss key differences in the areas of sensory, communication, emotional and gender presentations and highlight important considerations when designing a neurodiversity-affirming approach with your clients.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to :

  • What Neurodiversity is (and isn't)
  • Common traits associated with ASD and ADHD
  • Strengths and Challenges of ASD and ADHD
  • What a Neurodiversity Affirming Approach is and why it's important

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Therapists, Speech Therapy Assistants, Special education teachers, Education Specialists, Psychologists, Mental Health Professionals, Behavioral Therapists, Behavioral Professionals

Provider : ReadySetConnect

Financial Disclosure

ReadySetConnect collects fees from the audience to participate in this training webinar

Contact Information

Non - Financial Disclosure

The provider of the webinar, ReadySetConnect, is a practice management software. Participants of the webinar would become aware of the ReadySetConnect.



Time Ordered Agenda

Time Ordered Agenda

  • Neurodiversity 101: A primer for a Neurodiversity Affirming Practice

This event is offered for 1 contact hour or 0.1 Professional Hour CEUs at an introductory level professional area. Course completion is dependent on full attendance for 1 hour and survey completion.

Meet The Speakers

Cynthia Coupe, MA, CCC-SLP

A self-diagnosed neurodivergent, Cynthia Coupé is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who has spent the past 20 years working in the field of neurodiversity. She has spoken nationally and internationally for organizations such as TEDx, Stanford’s Neurodiversity Project, The Open Mainframe Project and more. She is currently a school-based SLP and former owner of Outreach, Advocacy Resources and Services (OARS), Inc., a company dedicated to transforming the lives of neurodivergent clients by using their inherent strengths as motivators for success. Cynthia has long been an outspoken advocate for the neurodivergent population and uses this skill to promote self-advocacy with her clients

Financial Dislosure​

Relevant Financial Disclosures:

  • Receives payment from ReadySetGo for attendee registrations
  • Full-time employee of Mendocino County Office of Education
  • Relationship and Sexuality Educator for the IDD population

Non - Financial Dislosure​

Relevant Non-Financial Disclosures:

  • California Teacher Credential for SLP: 2012-Current
  • California Speech-Language Pathology License: 2007-Current
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA): 2004-Current

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It was perfect. Dawn was engaging. She gave relevant information and examples. I would have liked a few more examples of therapy materials and ideas that might be used.


The presenter was engaging and informative. Could always use more Q&A. I had fun and am glad I did it


Excellent, engaging, knowledgeable speaker, clear, etc. Maybe spending less time on the checklists to prepare and more. I would have liked to see examples of therapy (videos), more time on actual therapy and therapy ideas, small group breakout session so that we could discuss our experiences and help each other out, networking with other teletherapists. Liked the platform used, very clear presentation, excellent, thank you


Very knowledgeable. It was a good webinar. The information was useful and beneficial.


Amazing speaker! This was so helpful!


It was satisfactory. Dawn shared her information clearly


I loved the checklist for coaching/facilitators. It met all my expectations!


Informative, great resources, getting on the same page with the parents. Great, informative, helpful for future sessions


Knowledgeable presenter. I think it did a good job. Thanks for it- well done.


The knowledge of the speaker. Great presentation.


The clarity nd simplcity. Very organized and inclusive. For me they served my needs quite well. Well done.


The program was very detailed and discussed scenarios that we may come across in the field. I did not observe any weaknesses in the program. Any questions I had before the program were answered. I really appreciate the work that was put into this program to better prepare us when providing services during virtual sessions.


Dawn was very encouraging and promoted out of the box thinking. Too much time dedicated to virtual set-up vs. therapy with telepractice.

Pristine Sara

More insights on materials and resources that were completely new. Understanding certain areas of tele practices and modifications to be made in the learning part. Very interesting and looking forward to many such webinars that address tele rehabilitation area.


The checklists hat were provided. I was a great presentation with lots of great information as I begin my telehealth journey. I was hoping for more therapy ideas, but it was awesome!


Speakers experience and demeanor. Thank you!


Resources, personal examples and personal examples. Would be great to have one case study, and a run-down example of session layout.


Very informative. Great ideas for parent teaching and carry over. It was great. Thank you.


Good emphasis on parent coaching. Took a long time to get to the point of the presentation, presenter did not seem prepared. Thank you for this helpful information.


Cohesive and relevant information. Again, I enjoyed the presentation and thought the information was helpful.


The detailed slides. It was a little long so I found it hard to focus the entire time. I think it being more straight to the point would help.


Great checklists. Would love to see examples of teletherapy sessions. Thank you!


Loved the cultural humility aspect and the checklist resources. I wish we would have seen a specific example of a session played. More examples of activities in sessions with parent vs one on one with a child. It was good overall. The presenter was very knowledgable with tons of experience.


Addressed diversity and meeting families where they are but not enough concrete examples


Dawn provided links to great resources. It was a very broad overview. Dawn was a great speaker, very personable and organized!


Materials that I was unaware of are very helpful. Hope she suggested ideas or techniques that are not too ordinary that every SLPs uses


Checklists for evidence based practice are the best. Provided strategies, activities, websites to integrate into Zoom such as BoomCards


Great self-evaluations. Model examples of teaching via video.