Fri, Mar 26 | Virtual Speaker Series for Professionals

Unmasking Autism: Neurodiversity and Providing Client-Centered Care

Hillary Crow, M.A., CCC-SLP, author, clinician, former Love 2 Learn staff member and co-presenter Ana Salgado discuss clinical and treatment experiences from Hilary's professional and personal perspective as a person who has autism.
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Unmasking Autism: Neurodiversity and Providing Client-Centered Care

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Mar 26, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Virtual Speaker Series for Professionals

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Unmasking Autism: Neurodiversity and Providing Client-Centered Care

In her presentation, Unmasking Autism: Neurodiversity and Providing Client-Centered Care, Hillary Crow M.A., CCC-SLP, and co-presenter Ana Salgado, MA, BCBA will present Hilary's unique perspective as both an autistic individual and a professional speech-language pathologist to shed light on the neurodiversity paradigm and offer practical strategies to provide quality person- and family-centered care to autistic clients. Topics include: understanding neurodiversity as a paradigm and as a movement, how to seek out autistic voices to provide client-centered care, gender dynamics and autism, the harms of promoting autistic masking, and the importance of fostering your clients’ autistic identities by 

(1) reinforcing their autonomy, 

(2) helping them self-advocate, and

(3) using a strengths-based approach.


 1. List 6 methods of seeking out firsthand autistic perspectives

 2. Define “neurodiversity” and understand its place in the disability rights movement

 3. Understand the influence of gender on autism diagnoses

 4. Explain the risks autistic masking and understand how traditional goals may contribute to autistic masking

 5.  List at least 10 different ways to promote your clients’ autonomy by using a strengths-based approach

Speaker Bio: Hillary Crow, M.A., CCC-SLP is an autistic speech-language pathologist with over 7 years of

experience providing services to pediatric clients. In addition to her work as a former adjunct

lecturer and Graduate Clinic supervisor for the CSULB Department of Speech-Language

Pathology, Hillary has focused on providing client-centered care in a variety of private clinics

and elementary school-based settings. Since she was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 30,

Hillary’s mission has been to blend her personal and professional experiences to provide insight

into autism through a neurodiversity-affirming lens. In addition to co-authoring “Putting

Autistic Voices at the Forefront of Care” for the ASHA Leader, Hillary has pursued her mission

by providing speech and language therapy services and by founding Crow Autism &  Speech

Therapy Consulting Services, Inc., a consultancy for autistic individuals, their families, and


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