Principles & Applications of Neurodiversity in Clinical Practice (2 Part Presentation)

This is a 2-part presentation

Speakers: Schea Fissel, PhD, CCC-SLP & Janina Naude, BS

  • Part 1: Two Systems in Conflict: Neurodiversity v. Ableism
    • Date of Webinar:  August 16 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm (AZ)
  • Part 2: Universal Design for Neurodiversity: Systemic Inclusion
    • Date of Webinar: August 23 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm (AZ)

This 2-part webinar will cover systems principles and tangible applications of neurodiversity in various clinical practice settings. The first session will cover theory and framework of neurodiversity by reviewing research evidence, evidence from neurodiverse individuals and their families, and evidence from clinical practice. This session will end with a case example of the principles reviewed and provide reflection prompts to prepare for Part II. The second session will discuss recommended practices that embrace neurodiversity in our work with patients, families, and each other.

Speaker Biographies

Schea Fissel, PhD: Schea Fissel Brannick, she/her, (@sfb_research) is a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist and Associate Professor at Midwestern University where she oversees the Translational Adapted Group (TAG) Lab. Officially, the TAG Lab explores the dynamics of universally designed group interventions on attention, literacy learning and behavioral self-regulation. Unofficially, the TAG Lab gets very distracted by building and participating in community systems and groups that promote meaningful connections, fun, learning, and inclusion for all. Schea works with several organizations that are committed to supporting the self-determinism of neurodiverse adults, including First Place AZ and the Chase Yur Dreams Foundation. Schea stands firmly against fussy egos in academia, which, she believes (with bias) are strongly, positively correlated with the frequency of wearing suits with suede elbow patches. She survives lunch on #Clifbars and is considered by her closest friends to be the foremost authority on napping.

Janina Naude, BS: Janina Naude (she/her), who goes by Jina, is an SLP graduate student at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She has worked as an SLPA for 3 years in both a clinic setting and home health. She was diagnosed with autism as an adult which helps explain her obsession with rabbits and ability to mindlessly focus on fiber arts. It also means this bio has been rewritten countless times. Her passion is for children with autism, especially those with higher support needs, and children with apraxia.

Information Level (beginner, intermediate, advanced): Intermediate

Learner Outcomes:
After completing this course, participants will:

  1. Identify 3 systems principles of neurodiversity and anti-ableism.
  2. Identify 3 lens or “perspectives” of evidence on neurodiversity.
  3. Identify 3 principles of universal design that align with the neurodiversity framework
  4. Identify 3 principles of Systemic Inclusion

Time Ordered Agendas:
August 16, 2022

Two systems in conflict: ableism v. neurodiversity – 15 minutes
The research lens of neurodiversity – 10 minutes
The clinical lens of neurodiversity – 10 minutes
The lens of neurodiverse individuals 10 minutes
Case Example of Neurodiversity Principles – 10 minutes
Wrap-up and reflection prompts for Part II – 5 minutes

August 23, 2022

Introduction to system-centered intervention (SCI) – 5 minutes
Starting with the end in mind – 10 minutes
Universal design…for everything! – 20 minutes
Calling all groups! – 15 minutes
The future: systems of practice – 10 minutes

Registration information:

Member ($25):

Non-Member ($50):

Continuing Education


Financial Disclosure: Janina Naude has received an honorarium from ArSHA for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Janina Naude was diagnosed autistic as an adult.

Financial Disclosure: Schea Fissel Brannick has received an honorarium from ArSHA for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Schea Fissel Brannick volunteers and conducts research at First Place AZ .