About Me

Hi, I’m Julia Kaye, a naive overthinker, oh wait, I mean autistic speech-language pathologist. Not too far off though; it is how I got here.

I’ve always been autistic but didn’t know it until the middle of SLP grad school. Cue an identity crisis, but thankfully I was too far in to back out and pursue a neurodivergent-friendly career path.

If you ask me why I chose speech-language pathology, I could woo you with some nerding out over language and morphosyntax (who doesn’t get butterflies from explicit rules?), but the honest truth is I became a speech-language pathologist because uh…well my parents told me to. There, I said it, naive.

I always hated being called “innocent” growing up, blonde, just a silly little girl, a childish spirit to protect, with no sense of authority or social standing on my own. I was clueless, naive.

And that led to the overthinking. That Type A, perfectionistic streak, high achiever overlooking my just as high anxiety. I’m sure many of you can relate. In my overthinking intensity, I have an exquisite need to read anything and everything on a topic to understand it. An annoyance, but one we can benefit from. So, I’m using this space to share what I’ve learned along my journey.

With SLP Kaye, I’m attempting to embrace my naivety and tendency to overthinking, and leverage them to the positive. My musings and written insights are an amalgamation of my lived experiences as autistic, research and educational articles, and other neurodivergent points of view. The heaviness of this topic easily overwhelms me, so I draw comics to accompany the topics I explore.

I have a bit of an unconventional way of perceiving the world, a bit of a different perspective. But I’ve learned there is value in difference. Seems I’m not alone in that either.

The more I learn to respect, honor, speak up, value my differences, rather than burying or trying to change them, the better I feel and healthier I become. (Well, mostly healthy, fuck Covid-19.) And I want to extend that outside myself so others can benefit too.

Which brings me to my mission: Make SLP more neurodivergent-friendly. Something that as much as my socially anxious heart protests, I cannot possibly achieve alone. I need your help.

I am passionate about neurodiversity-affirming therapy and supporting SLPs who want to improve their neurodiversity competence and confidence. Wherever you are on your neurodiversity journey, I welcome you. Growing in your understanding, acceptance, and advocacy for neurodiversity isn’t easy.

I’m here to help and support you in working with neurodivergent brains, not against them.