Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS
Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS, is passionate about neurodiversity advocacy and empowerment, with over ten years of experience supporting and advocating for students with learning differences and their families. She is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, a published author, and an invited speaker on the topics of trauma-informed best practices, supporting self-advocacy and self-determination, and developing neurodiversity-affirming interventions. She is the founder and owner of ND SLP Advocate, LLC.
In advancing affirming practices for the neurodivergent community, she is an active member of the College Autism Network, the Neurodiversity Employment Network, and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association DEI Committee. Beginning in 2021, Laura has presented at and moderated the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Annual PESI Autism Symposium, where she has had the privilege of interviewing Temple Grandin as part of the keynote “Different…Not Less”.
Laura coauthors the Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2020) and the Parenting Toolbox (PESI, 2018). Both workbooks provide practical strategies on pragmatic language and executive function skills that can readily transfer into clinical and educational professional practices. She is an involved PSHA DEI Committee member and ASHA member, serving as a topic committee member for the 2022 ASHA Convention in business practices for speech-language pathology. Laura graduated from The George Washington University in 2011 with a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology.
Laura currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. She is the inaugural Associate Director for the Center for Accessibility and Learning Services/Neurodiversity Initiatives at Chestnut Hill College, where she creates and implements a variety of opportunities to support the empowerment of students who learn differently.
Financial: Laura Sibbald has an employment relationship with Chestnut Hill College. She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Laura Sibbald receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Laura Sibbald is a member of the Pennsylvania Speech Language Hearing Association and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.