Dr. Mary Barbera, autism mom, BCBA-D, RN, best-selling author of The Verbal Behavior Approach, and online course creator discusses autism from several different angles for both parents as well as medical, educational, and behavioral professionals. Each week we discuss autism ideas to improve the lives of your children or clients and also cover how to help you be less stressed and live a happier life. Topics include the early signs of autism, the chances of autism recovery, the importance of autism treatment, especially the use of ABA and the Verbal Behavior Approach in toddlers through teens. In each episode, we discuss problem behaviors including reducing stimming and scripting as well as handling self-injurious behavior and aggression. Some shows also cover the medical aspects of autism including topics such as PANS/PANDAS as well as supplement and medication use for kids on the spectrum. There are financial implications and political aspects of autism that we talk about too. So, whether you're a parent or other relative of a child with autism, or an autism professional such as a behavior analyst, nurse, physician, speech pathologist, or teacher, you’re going to want to listen and subscribe! Learn more at www.marybarbera.com.
#152: Amanda DeLuca and Kirby Morgan: How To Advocate For Your Child with Autism in an IEP Meeting
Are you wondering how to be the best advocate for your child with autism? When entering an IEP meeting even the most educated parents can feel lost, confused, and defeated. Amanda DeLuca and Kirby Morgan created a program called Mastering Your IEP to help. They are both autism moms and IEP consultants and coaches full of all the knowledge you need to ensure your child’s IEP includes all of the services and accommodations they need to be successful.
Armando Bernal on His Journey as a BCBA Therapist with Autism
As both a BCBA and an individual with autism, Armando Bernal is also the host of the podcast, A Different Path. Today we have a truly fascinating and enlightening conversation about Armando’s experiences with being diagnosed in the 90s, all the ways autism impacts his life as an independent adult, and how exactly he approaches ABA therapy as a person with autism himself. Armando is such a joy to talk to and really breaks down some hot topics in the autism and ABA community.
Autism Success Stories: Navigating Autism as a Military Family with Melissa L.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are; getting a diagnosis of autism can be tough on the whole family, not to mention the struggle of finding the right help. Melissa Leahy joins me today to talk about her unique challenges as a military family who was stationed overseas when they received a diagnosis for their then 2.5-year-old Mattis. She has excellent insight on tricare coverage and services available on military bases. Melissa also shares how she found an in-home BCBA that fit right in!
My Autism Journey with Lucas
Over the last month, I participated in a challenge titled: The 25 Days of Autism. This was inspired by Kate for Finding Cooper’s Voice and Autism Adventures with Alyssa. I had such a great time going through pictures and talking about what was going on in our lives or Lucas’s diagnosis or progress. Head on over to my website or Facebook so you can see all the pictures I am talking about in this episode.
Victoria Boone on Positive Parenting for Autism
Are you wondering how you can shift your parenting strategies to a more positive approach? Victoria Boone’s book Positive Parenting for Autism discusses psychology and ABA-based strategies for building desired behaviors and eliminating problem behaviors. In this episode, we are discussing extinction versus punishment, the benefit of differential reinforcement, and the controversy of ABA.
Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Debra Moore on Their Latest Book Navigating Autism
Navigating Autism: 9 Mindsets for Helping Kids on the Spectrum, is Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Debra Moore’s newest book. We are discussing these mindsets and some autism hot topics such as medication for autism and the controversy of ABA. The interesting information they share from their book, are empowering tools that can helpfully develop the full potential in any child.
I am a Speech Pathologist in Australia who has been working in the field of autism for 9 years. Mary’s podcast and books have been a favourite resource over years. Her holistic approach and application of the VBMAPP has made me a better practitioner. We can never stop learning and Mary is a valuable asset for all professionals and parents looking to expand their toolkit!
High quality autism podcast!
I came across Mary’s online course just before our 2.5 year old son was diagnosed and it changed our lives learning about ABA and how it can help to turn autism around. We kicked into gear from that point and haven’t looked back. ABA has been so amazing for our son and we are forever grateful for Mary’s online presence from here in Australia! My husband and I listen to Mary’s podcast each week and really enjoy it and learn so much from it. Keep up the good work!
Therapist and Autism-Mum
Hi. I am learning so much from your podcast and love your approach. I am an RBT and my daughter was recently diagnosed with ASD, so I am listening as a professional and parent. I would like to know more please about teaching eye contact and the ethics of that as it often comes up in the criticisms of ABA.