74 episodes

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.

Turn Autism Around Dr. Mary Barbera

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    • 4.6, 183 Ratings

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.

    #074: Autism Story with Amanda V. | From Non-verbal to Conversational & Straight A's

    #074: Autism Story with Amanda V. | From Non-verbal to Conversational & Straight A's

    I met Amanda V. about eight years ago when her son was newly diagnosed with autism. Imagine my delight when she contacted me to share that her son was starting middle school in a mainstream classroom, and was on the football team. Early intervention in the birth-to-three program, and the ABA techniques I taught her gave her the support she needed to reach him.

    • 49 min
    #073: Dore Blanchet: Occupational Therapy for Autism & Telehealth

    #073: Dore Blanchet: Occupational Therapy for Autism & Telehealth

    There are many professions in the autism community, and one very helpful person to have on your team is an OT. Dore Blanchet is one of my favorite OTs that I’ve worked with, and today we’re going to cover fine motor skills; the role of an OT; and how Dore continues to work with her clients in the midst of COVID-19.

    • 53 min
    #072: Teaching Receptive Language Language Skills & Following Directions

    #072: Teaching Receptive Language Language Skills & Following Directions

    My ultimate goal is for our children to live their happiest, most independent lives; that’s why language comprehension is so essential. Today I’m going to focus on how to build receptive language abilities; how to assess comprehension; when and how to use visuals, and more!

    • 20 min
    #071: Dr. Missy Olive: Medical Conditions Associated with Autism

    #071: Dr. Missy Olive: Medical Conditions Associated with Autism

    Medication in the autism community can be a touchy subject. As a professional in the autism community, I feel it’s part of my responsibility to shine a light on autism conditions and medications and give you factual information. That’s why I’m interviewing Dr. Missy Olive, a doctoral-level BCBA and a licensed behavior analyst with experience in the medical autism field.

    • 1 hr
    #070: Kate Swenson: Finding Cooper's Voice

    #070: Kate Swenson: Finding Cooper's Voice

    Today’s guest is a highly requested one, and I finally have the pleasure of interviewing her: please welcome Kate Swenson! Kate is most recognized for her Facebook pages Finding Cooper’s Voice and Coop’s Troops. Kate shares the ups and downs that come with being a mom to three boys, including one with severe nonverbal autism.

    • 45 min
    #069: Autism Self Care Skills: Potty Training, Sleep, Dressing & More

    #069: Autism Self Care Skills: Potty Training, Sleep, Dressing & More

    It’s safe to say that right now, we are in the middle of a global pandemic; but with so much sheltering going on, this is the perfect time to start working with your children about self-care skills! Today I’m going to cover several skills such as potty-training and hand-washing, and where to begin with introducing these new skills.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

tlvail ,

Great way to disseminate!

As a professional, I don’t always have the time I want for prentice training. It’s great to have a resource to point parents toward to learn more about specific issues.

KatieCat212 ,

Valuable Resource

As a parent if 2 autistic kids, I find Mary’s podcasts to be inspirational. Many resources will present a problem and give vague solutions or none at all. The “Turn Autism Around ” podcast has given me info that is not often talked about, such as legal issues with Autism and possible causes of night time urinating. As a BCBA, I am given reminders of going back to the roots of ABA, cautioning of pitfalls with professionals and best practices. BCBAs who work alone can get isolated and into routines. Mary has helped me to step outside of my comfort zone and grow as a parent and professionals. Can’t wait to start the Verbal Behavior Bundle. Read her book! Awesome! Thanks for keeping us all up to date and informed. It’s evident that your passion is to help improve the quality of life for autistic individuals and their parents.

Sasofia22 ,

Any advice for a very bad case of Echolalia?

I really enjoy your podcast and have found lots of useful information about how to deal with some of my 6-year-old son's problem behaviors but I find that the podcast mainly focuses on none verbal children. Do you have any advice or information to help me deal with my son’s Echolalia?

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