In this episode we talk with the wonderfully insightful Meg Proctor – occupational therapist and founder of Learn Play Thrive, and explore; neurodiversity-affirming therapy, strengths-based approaches, why we need to ditch the medical model and stop pathologizing autism, why language matters and how to make the shift from person-first language to identity-first language, why neurotypical developmental milestones are not appropriate for autistic children, why teaching social skills can be harmful and instead how we can empower autistic people through advocacy, acceptance, a sense of belonging …..and so much more!
Meg cares deeply about person-affirming therapy and she hopes to springboard as many OTs and speech therapists as humanly possible into offering neurodiversity-affirming therapy with ease. Meg has worked in early intervention, schools, and clinics. She is a former faculty member of the TEACCH® Autism program, and she is the host of the Two Sides of the Spectrum Podcast, where she interviews autistic adults and other professionals striving to change therapy practice.
Website: Learn Play Thrive
Podcast: Two Sides of the Spectrum
Facebook: Learn Play Thrive