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In the Autism Outreach Podcast, Speech Therapist and BCBA, Rose Griffin from ABA SPEECH, provides her best, ready to use autism interventions and speech therapy techniques to inspire professionals and parents working with students with autism. With 20 years of experience in the field, Rose understands one of the biggest challenges parents, therapists and educators face on a daily basis is helping students strengthen their communication skills. Listeners will regain a sense of calm as Rose breaks down trusted therapy techniques to try at home or school to provide support to students. Rose will address a variety of topics on autism spectrum disorder: how autism symptoms present in babies and toddlers, recognizing the differences between autism and a speech delay, early intervention therapies, autism evaluation, autism diagnosis, how to help a child with autism start communicating if they are nonverbal, helping students who engage in problem behavior, functional communication skills, increasing student engagement and improving social skills. An excellent listen for parents and professionals alike, with a mix of interviews and solo shows designed to inspire, empower, and provide you with confidence to help your students. Hit subscribe and learn more at www.abaspeech.org

Autism Outreach Rose Griffin

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In the Autism Outreach Podcast, Speech Therapist and BCBA, Rose Griffin from ABA SPEECH, provides her best, ready to use autism interventions and speech therapy techniques to inspire professionals and parents working with students with autism. With 20 years of experience in the field, Rose understands one of the biggest challenges parents, therapists and educators face on a daily basis is helping students strengthen their communication skills. Listeners will regain a sense of calm as Rose breaks down trusted therapy techniques to try at home or school to provide support to students. Rose will address a variety of topics on autism spectrum disorder: how autism symptoms present in babies and toddlers, recognizing the differences between autism and a speech delay, early intervention therapies, autism evaluation, autism diagnosis, how to help a child with autism start communicating if they are nonverbal, helping students who engage in problem behavior, functional communication skills, increasing student engagement and improving social skills. An excellent listen for parents and professionals alike, with a mix of interviews and solo shows designed to inspire, empower, and provide you with confidence to help your students. Hit subscribe and learn more at www.abaspeech.org

    #092: Culturally Responsive Intervention For Autistic Learners with Maria Davis-Pierre

    #092: Culturally Responsive Intervention For Autistic Learners with Maria Davis-Pierre

    As therapists we know that every client is different when it comes to goals, abilities, and needs but how often are we checking up on our cultural awareness for each individual? Maria Davis-Pierre is a mental health counselor and the founder of Autism in Black. As a mother with two autistic children and autism herself, Maria understands the stigma associated with the diagnosis and is on a mission to educate on inclusive, culturally responsive therapy for black families and other underrepresented cultures. 

    “Is there anything culturally we should know about you?” A question Maria highlights as one of the best questionnaire form inclusions she has seen when it comes to starting therapy. As a professional and therapist working with unique individuals from all cultures and backgrounds, there are no details too small to incorporate into therapy that fit your client's culture. For example, bring culturally relevant props for a therapy lesson or check your understanding of cultural concepts that could be a typical household routine for one culture but seen as a learning deficit in another. 

    Whether props, books, flashcards, etc. be cognisant of your materials and the reflection of your client within them. It is important for black children to see themselves reflected in their learning materials to not only understand but also stay engaged. It is okay if you’re not an expert on every culture and every family. Ask questions, be open, and create a dialog so that you can continue to learn and support your clients in a culturally responsive way. 

    What to keep in mind when getting started with culture-responsive therapy:
    It's okay to be uncomfortable, check your bias. Growth comes from uncomfortability.Use representative tools and materials. Be curious and ask questions. Life-long learning process.Be open, honest, and admit when you make mistakes.As therapists and professionals are number one, the goal is to always help the children and culturally responsive therapy is a really important but often forgotten piece of that. Maria shares some great tips and insights for professionals to consider. You can find out more about her work on the Autism in Black website.

    What’s Inside:
    How can we as professionals be more culturally responsive?Tips and strategies for being culturally responsive and inclusive in your therapy sessions?How to incorporate your clients' unique cultural needs?Check your understanding: Learning Deficit vs. Cultural PreferenceMentioned In This Episode:
     
    Autism in Black
    ABA Speech: Home
    Register for the free SLP in an ABA Setting Mentorship webinar

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    #091: Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions with Dr. Ariana Boutain

    #091: Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions with Dr. Ariana Boutain

    Dr. Ariana Boutain is the Vice President of Clinical Services at KGH Autism Services. At their facility, they are passionate about child-initiated and play-based therapy with NDBI.

    Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention is an empirically supported approach to treating young children with autism that involves learning through play. NDBI represents a merge of ABA and developmental science.

    The general framework for NDBI that Dr. Ariana and her colleagues use is the principles of ABA as well as developmentally based assessments and intervention strategies for guiding goal development and individualization. Teaching strategies with NDBI involve child-initiated, child-led play. This involves environmental setup, communication temptation, and shared control with turn-taking.

    Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hot topic in the field of autism but it is a high priority at KGH. As they add SLPs, OTs, and other providers to their team they match therapy approaches, encourage play-based therapy for all disciplines and provide thorough training on NDBI.

    You can find out more about the work and treatment model at KGH on their website!

    #autism #speectherapy

    What’s Inside:
    What is NDBI?Applied Behavior Analysis and Developmental Based Intervention.Why are child-centered therapy and play-based learning important?A framework for interdisciplinary collaboration.
    Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Our Services | KGH Autism Services: ASD Treatment Clinic, Chicago & Madison
    Advanced Language Learner - Sign Up Today - ABA Speech
    Register for the Pyramid Educational Consultant’s Third Annual FUNctional Communication Conference on October 17th & 18th
    ABA Speech: Home

    • 31 min
    #090: The Autism Puzzle Piece- A Talk With Thomas McKean

    #090: The Autism Puzzle Piece- A Talk With Thomas McKean

    Whether you’re a parent, professional, or an autistic individual, you have most likely seen the Autism Puzzle Piece. Like myself, you might even have a sticker or magnet on display as a symbol of your support for the community. But what is the real symbolism behind it? In this episode, I have the honor to talk with Thomas McKean, an autistic adult who had an integral part in the development of this icon. 

    Prior to Thomas’s collaboration in the creation of today’s autism puzzle piece, the original icon developed in 1963 was a puzzle piece with a child crying. This symbol represented the hopelessness, sadness, and confusion for children with autism at the time. In the 1960s, there was little to no research, ethical treatment, or support for autism families. 

    When Thomas and his colleagues developed the new symbol in 1999 they knew the view and information about autism had changed a lot. There was much more hope and a positive shift had taken place in the community. They wanted to embody that. The autism symbol as we know it today is represented by a puzzle piece reflecting the information we are still missing and learning as we add new “pieces”, it features a multi-colored design to represent diversity in the community. 

    "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." - Dr. Stephen Shore

    This representation of diversity is so crucial to Thoma’s advice when it comes to division in the field. He says, the difference is not bad, in fact, it's necessary. Because each individual with autism is so different it's important for professionals to see things differently and really work toward an individual approach. No professional is going to have all the answers for every autistic person, and when we understand that, we can peacefully collaborate. 

    Thomas says one of his most asked questions is how to help parents who are just venturing into their autism journey with their child. For that, he has 4 steps.
    Read and LearnFind SupportAttend conferences, presentations, and network in the community.Start OT and receive an evaluation for sensory processing.From there you will learn the pieces of how to support, treat, and help your child.This was such an enlightening talk on the true vision and meaning of such an important icon in our community. I hope you found it just as interesting as I did!

     #autism #speectherapy

    What’s Inside:
    The Symbolism behind the Autism Puzzle Piece.Advice for professionals on resolving division in the autism community.4 steps for parents entering the autism journey with their child.Mentioned In This Episode: 
    Thomas A. McKean
    Thomas A. McKean | Facebook
    Advanced Language Learner - Sign Up Today - ABA Speech
    Register for the Pyramid Educational Consultant’s Third Annual FUNctional Communication Conference on October 17th & 18th
    ABA Speech: Home

    • 26 min
    #089: How To Help Your Autistic Learners Go Beyond Basic Communication

    #089: How To Help Your Autistic Learners Go Beyond Basic Communication

    “Rose speaks through the lens of the SLP and BCBA which is incredibly helpful in bridging the communication between the two fields. Rose keeps students' individual needs at the forefront of decisions on therapy targets and she incorporates autistic voices and has worked hard to keep therapy and training relevant to autistic learners. I appreciated her practical therapy ideas and sharing of materials to get started.” Jenny Blackman, SLP

    Introducing ABA Speech’s newest course, Advanced Language Learner. A brand new 5-hour ASHA and ACE-approved course. Are your autistic learners struggling to break beyond their basic communication skills? Plateauing? This course is packed full of helpful, transformative content to bring your learners and your therapy to the next level.

    What can you expect to learn?
    -Effective assessments
    -Collaboration tips and techniques
    -Developing expressive and receptive communication skills
    -Strengthening social skills AND respecting individuality
    -IEP Meeting Tips
    -Effective group intervention
    -Guest Lecturer: Oliver Wendt, Matrix Training
    -Monthly group mentoring and support with access to the online community
    -Materials: Adapted books, no prep group activities, language book, leisure activity visuals, and so much more.

    Do not miss out on this one-time-only FOUNDERS pricing: $197 available for 1 week only!

    #autism #speectherapy

    What’s Inside:
    How to go from basic communication skills to skyrocketing speech and language growthWhat you can expect from ABA Speech’s newest course: Advanced Language LearnerInformation and materials for assessments, collaboration, IEP goals, group intervention, and more.Founders Price for a brand new ASHA and ACE-approved course.Mentioned In This Episode:
     
    Advanced Language Learner - Sign Up Today - ABA Speech
    Register for the Pyramid Educational Consultant’s Third Annual FUNctional Communication Conference on October 17th & 18th
    ABA Speech: Home

    • 20 min
    #088: Planning Group Therapy For Autistic Students

    #088: Planning Group Therapy For Autistic Students

    “Rose, I’m not sure how to plan a session. I have 5 autistic students that I need to see for group therapy to work on social language instruction and I am not sure what activities to plan to help them remain engaged and work on their individual and social language goals.”

    I received this question in an email from one of my listeners! So today’s episode I am sharing my customizable framework for planning group therapy, along with some great resources, activity ideas, and freebies!

    Group Therapy Framework
    Tools: SmartBoard or iPad for sharing visuals with group

    Question of the Day
    Try a “Would You Rather” or other choice-based question.Have students come up to tally their choice, and encourage interaction with the next peerCheck out my Let’s Talk and Would You Rather resources for the SmartBoardLiteracy-Based Activity
    Read an adapted book with real-life pictures, real-life scenarios (book should have one sentence, one picture - I have linked some I created but feel free to DIY your own!)Pull up book on large screen, smart board, or iPadRead TOGETHER, differentiate reading by having students read known sight wordsExtension Based Activity
    Expand and dig deeper into the functional vocabulary related to the adapted bookTry a simple writing activity Another great idea is categorizing and labeling based on the bookLeisure Based Activity
    A fun activity that our kids love and can be generalized at homeRelevant to use over the lifespanIdeas: Modified Uno, Modified Connect Four, The Grocery Store Game, Yoga
    I have linked all of the resources and freebies I shared today that can be used in this customizable framework for planning group therapy sessions for autistic learners, be sure to check them out!

    #autism #speectherapy

    What’s Inside:
    A framework for planning group therapy instruction for autistic learners.Free activities for group therapy.What shared goals can you work on within group therapy?How can group therapy benefit all learners?How to facilitate peer-to-peer interaction in group therapy.Encouraging participation and social engagement in a group.Mentioned In This Episode:
     
    Fall Freebie Would You Rather by ABA SPEECH
    Farm Visit Adapted Book by ABA SPEECH
    Grocery Store PPT
    Register for the Pyramid Educational Consultant’s Third Annual FUNctional Communication Conference on October 17th & 18th
    ABA Speech: Home
    Start Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech
    ​​Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech

    • 28 min
    #087: Speech Sound Production and Autistic Learners - A Talk With Tamara Kasper

    #087: Speech Sound Production and Autistic Learners - A Talk With Tamara Kasper

    What is it that develops speech production in our learners? Today, Tamara Kasper, BCBA and SLP, is sharing some really great and specific information on how speech production and reinforcement differs between typical developing children versus children with autism.

    Speech Sound Production
    In typically developing children, speech sounds are reinforced differentially and automatically when making sounds that sound like words. For example, they get a cookie when they make a sound that sounds like cookie or they get happy, hugging excitement when they say something that sounds like mama or dada. Naturally, typical children are encouraged by the sounds and interactions in their environment and want to match the sounds made by the people they value in their world. This is where self-correction and refinement comes in because they will notice and hear how their sounds may sound different from the adults around them.

    In non-typically developing children, specifically those with autism, they are more sensitive to social stimuli and are less likely to be affected by the attention of their parents or guardians in regards to their sounds. So the traditional, automatic reinforcement to make and refine sounds is not occurring. Additionally, these learners will not likely notice how their sounds sound different from those around them, leading to no self-correction as sound production continues.

    Therapy for Speech Sound Production
    Tamra shares her assessment and criteria for determining readiness for working on speech production. She collects metrics from the VB-MAPP, indicating responses, manding rate and variety, instruction cooperation development, and echoic repertoire. The scores and data from these metrics will relay whether a Natural Environment or Structure Teaching therapy is appropriate for these students. Within these systems, Tamra discusses the programs she uses. She shares today a little bit of her rubric on how she assigns these programs based on the needs of the child and assessment criteria.

    If you’d like to learn more about Tamra, you can find out more about her work and some video tips at Northern Speech Services. Additionally, if you’d like access to her therapy rubric discussed today and other resources, you can reach her via email.

    #autism #speectherapy

    What’s Inside:


    Acquisition of speech production in typical vs non-typical children.Do typically developing children shape sounds to match those in their environment?How do we know when an autistic learner is ready for speech sound production in therapy?Assessment and Criteria for determining therapy training for sound production.Training programs for natural environment and structured teaching therapy.Mentioned In This Episode:

    tkasper@centerautism.org
    Northern Speech Services
    ABA Speech: Home
    Start Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech
    ​​Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech
    September 13th FREE Webinar 8-9 pm EST registration link
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    • 38 min

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