54 episodes

We're Jessie & Chris, an SLP couple from California with 4 boys and a passion for finding better ways to support Autistic kids. Are you ready to Make the Shift? Join us weekly to learn neurodiversity affirming ways to strengthen social-emotional development and regulation in your Autistic students.

Making the Shift for Autistic Kids Speech Dude & Jessie Ginsburg

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    • 4.9 • 132 Ratings

We're Jessie & Chris, an SLP couple from California with 4 boys and a passion for finding better ways to support Autistic kids. Are you ready to Make the Shift? Join us weekly to learn neurodiversity affirming ways to strengthen social-emotional development and regulation in your Autistic students.

    Ep. 55: Strategies for Surviving with Sensory Differences Under One Roof

    Ep. 55: Strategies for Surviving with Sensory Differences Under One Roof

    Does one person in the house always seem to listen to the radio or TV at a volume that is just too loud?? Does another person in the house love when all the lights are dimmed? Maybe you feel like you are always chasing around a child who seems to have a never ending source of energy or trying to create a calming environment for a child who is easily overstimulated.. When you have a family with different sensory needs, it can be tough to find the perfect balance to keep everyone regulated. But the good news is, it's possible! This week on Making the Shift we're talking about strategies you can use to survive and thrive under one roof.

    • 13 min
    Ep. 54: Why You Shouldn't Withhold Preferred Items & What To Do Instead

    Ep. 54: Why You Shouldn't Withhold Preferred Items & What To Do Instead

    Raise your hand if you have ever had a child walk into your therapy session holding their favorite toy and you thought, "You know what, I'm just going to take this toy away so it's not distracting?". Now raise your hand if you immediately regretted that decision... Been there! This week on Making the Shift we're talking about 5 reasons you should NOT withhold a child's preferred items and what you should do instead.

    • 19 min
    Ep 53: Defying Neuronormativity Ft. Lived Experience Educator

    Ep 53: Defying Neuronormativity Ft. Lived Experience Educator

    This week on Making the Shift, we are sitting down with Autistic Advocate Sonny Jane Wise to discuss defying neuronormativity. Sonny Jane Wise, aka the Lived Experience Educator, is on a mission to build a neurodiversity affirming future and challenge neuronormativity so neurodivergent individuals are no longer labelled as disordered. Sonny Jane Wise is a multiply neurodivergent or more specifically, an Autistic Bipolar ADHDer. Sonny is an internationally recognized public speaker, advocate, author and content creator as well as the founder of the Drop In Care Space. Sonny was diagnosed as a child and grew up only hearing a deficit narrative about their neurodivergence. Since then, they have gone on to build an audience of over 100, 000 people online. They have written The Neurodivergent Friendly Workbook of DBT Skills and We’re All Neurodiverse due to be published November this year. They have worked with organizations around Australia to help change the narrative around neurodivergence. Make sure you follow @livedexperienceeducator on Instagram! DBT Workbook: https://livedexperienceeducator.com/store

    • 32 min
    Ep. 52: Create Your Allyship Plan Ft. Dr. Jennifer Hutton & SLPA Celina Wright

    Ep. 52: Create Your Allyship Plan Ft. Dr. Jennifer Hutton & SLPA Celina Wright

    We believe that creating an allyship plan is essential in today's society to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is important to recognize that allyship is not just a one-time action, but a continuous effort that requires an intentional plan. Which is why on this week's episode of Making the Shift, we are sitting down with Dr. Jennifer Hutton to discuss why creating an allyship plan is critical and how we can get moving on implementing that plan. Make sure you check out her Allyship Membership on https://www.buildingallyship.com/ and follow her on Instagram @dr.jpop

    • 34 min
    Ep. 51: Quick Tips for Integrating Sensory & Gestalt Language Ft. Bohospeechie

    Ep. 51: Quick Tips for Integrating Sensory & Gestalt Language Ft. Bohospeechie

    Today we are welcoming Katja Piscitelli aka Bohospeechie to the show. Katja is an Inside Out Sensory Trained Clinician who now has a private practice where she specializes in working with gestalt language processors. Find her on social @bohospeechie

    • 23 min
    Ep. 50: Using a Sensory Approach to Build Language in Gestalt Processors Ft. SLP Melanie Weber

    Ep. 50: Using a Sensory Approach to Build Language in Gestalt Processors Ft. SLP Melanie Weber

    Last week on Making the Shift we talked about 4 ways to know if your gestalt processor is dysregulated. And lack of engagement can often be a sign of dysregulation. On this week's episode of Making the Shift we're discussing why it's crucial to address sensory needs in your sessions with gestalt processors. We decided to bring back Melanie Weber, Sensory and NLA Trained SLP to talk about the one client that she struggled to engage with and how she was able to use sensory strategies to: a) realize he was a gestalt processor and b) increase his progress in sessions. To learn more about the Sensory Certificate Course visit www.sensoryslp.com

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

DrKatieK ,

Great for parents too!

I’m a mom of 3 ND kiddos and I get so much great information from these episodes! Highly recommend!

doctorTND ,

5-Star Review - Dr. Tay

As a licensed child psychologist, I am such a big fan of this podcast and the authentic conversations Jessie and Chris have in every episode! This is a podcast I love recommending to my patients and their families without hesitation.

YesiSerena ,

Helpful, knowledgeable & educational

To any parents of neurodivergent kids or Neurodivergent adults themselves I highly recommend this podcast. Not only does Jessie have guests on her show that are actually autistic but they are also professionals in the field of Speech and OT as well. They speak on their Lived Experience as a Neurodivergent individual as well as a Therapist in the field, and help fill in the gaps of what a Neurodiversity Affirming practice should look like. Jessie & Chris give their thoughts on many topics that hit home in many households & break it down in a very easy way! I highly recommend Jessie’s course to any SLP out there and for parents trying to learn about the sensory thresholds, and for parents needing IEP help Chris is your guy !

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