Many differently wired children grow up feeling like what they want or need doesn't matter. Let's change that! But how? A step in the right direction is self-advocacy:) Teaching them to advocate for themselves has many benefits, including improving self-awareness, decreasing depression, and anxiety, promoting communication, building community resources, increasing social-emotional skills, and enhancing motivation.
In this important podcast episode, Dr. Tara Regan and I chat about choice. routines, 504 and IEP participation, pursuing passions, masking, isolation prevention, and post-secondary goals.
REMEMBER - It's NEVER too early to teach your child, student or client to self-advocate:) LISTEN for simple strategies that you can start using today!
Holly Blanc Moses
The Mom/Psychologist Who Gets It
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Dr. Tara Regan is the Executive Director and Founder of Autism Grown Up, an online non-profit organization based in North Carolina. She's a sibling to 2 autistic adult brothers (Tyler and Tanner) and has been working in the autism community for over a decade. Dr. Regan has a background in direct care practice, social work, and special education. She integrates all she's learned across disciplines into writing and speaking about adulthood, the lifespan, and collaborations within the autism community.
Self-advocacy curricula links:
Lessons for teaching self-advocacy from the University of Oklahoma.
Whose future is it anyway?