Respectful Connections: Felt Safety & Neurodiversity-Inclusive Strategies – (The Live Course)



Respectful Connections: Felt Safety & Neurodiversity-Inclusive Strategies

► Featuring: Kristin Jones, MS, OTR/L

► Hosted by: Therapist Neurodiversity Collective

► When: March 14, 2024, @4:00 pm Pacific / @ 6:00 pm Central / @ 7:00 pm Eastern. 

🕒Can’t make the live session? Not a problem! All registrants for our LIVE course will receive access to the recording and materials for two weeks after the presentation date.

► Audience: Therapists, educators and other professional seeking to enrich their knowledge of respectful, neurodiversity-affirming strategies to improve connection and engagement with autistic and other neurodivergent young people.

On behalf of Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, and back by popular demand, Kristin Jones MS, OTR/L will present an enlightening professional development session on trauma-informed, neurodiversity-inclusive strategies that meet the “felt-safety” needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents.

Join us March 14, 2024 for this in-depth follow up to Kristin’s popular course, “Transforming School Culture into Neurodiversity-Affirming: Step by step directions by an OT who did it.”

🌟 Course Description:

Data, data, data, is that what therapy and education has become? Looking at IEPs and insurance audits, it sure seems that way. 
Move beyond archaic, data-focused approaches with us as we explore real-world case studies to discover practical, actionable strategies that you can use to immediately start building a feeling of safety and connection with autistic and other neurodivergent young people. This session is a game-changer for therapists and educators looking to make a real impact!

🎯 What You’ll Discover:

  • Embrace Felt Safety: Gain a deep understanding of how to create felt safety with autistic and other neurodivergent students and why doing so boosts achievement of therapy and educational goals.
  • Transform Environments: Dive into the dynamics of high vs. low functioning environments and learn why placing the adaptation burden on neurodivergent students doesn’t actually improve “behavior.”
  • Communication Revolution: Learn how to recognize and respectfully respond to various forms of communication, ensuring that every “voice” is valued and every attempt at expression is respected.
  • Demand Reduction: Learn strategies to minimize demands, thereby reducing stress, enhancing engagement and building connection and relationship.
  • Respectful Engagement with Interest-Based Relationships: Understand how to cultivate meaningful connections with your autistic and neurodivergent students. Discover the art of respectfully leveraging a young person’s passions to foster connections and boost their involvement and excitement in learning.


This course promises to fundamentally shift your professional perspective and leave a lasting positive impact on the lives of those you serve.

☑ A comprehensive slide handout

☑ Course handout for reference 
☑ Certificate of Attendance for one hour of professional development

Kristin Jones graduated from Misericordia University in 2000 with her Master of Occupational Therapy and has been an Occupational Therapist for 23 years. She has worked in multiple pediatric settings including early intervention, outpatient clinic, respectful feeding, and school-based. For the past 13 years, she has been at the Community School of Davidson where she has taken the lead in guiding the administration and staff to become a trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming organization. Kristin has a passion for the latest research in brain development and translating this information for teachers to apply in the classroom. Her favorite quote is “if they could, they would”. It is our responsibility as educators to figure out the “why” to provide the most effective strategies for student success and to ensure the student feels understood.

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

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