The term was coined by Leonora Gregory-Collura in effort to shift ‘blaming’ autistic children for something they were not in total control of…. and to provide parents, adults, caregivers, educators and paraprofessionals an opportunity to learn about the autistic paradigm from the ‘inside-out’, from a subjective experiential advantage, rather than from an objectifying point of view and judgement.
Visit the NPI page where you may view a variety of video footage filmed by the ANCA group members, describing what is actually happening to them in their NPI experiences.
“In 1995 Leonora Gregory-Collura first coined the term neuro-physiological interruption – NPI in effort to more accurately describe the internal process many autistic people experience and exhibit when triggered into a state of ‘overload’.
It is still common practice to describe autistic people as having a ‘meltdown’, ‘tantrum’ etc. Describing the process in this way is to assume that what the autistic individual is experiencing is nothing more than an emotional outburst or willful desire to get their way.”
Leonora Gregory-Collura, ©March 20, 2015-all rights reserved ~ Co-founder of the ANCA® Trademarked organizations and president of the International Naturally Autistic® People Awards and the, ANCA® World Autism Festival™, publisher for Naturally Autistic® magazine