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.
Global Autism Project - Supporting Families with Autism in Ukraine with Molly Ola Pinney
The War in Ukraine is a serious crisis in today’s world, within that population, there are families with children with autism facing severe struggles due to loss of therapy service and extreme disruption to normalcy and routine for their family. Molly Ola Pinney of the Global Autism Project has been to Poland, spoken with displaced Ukrainian families, and is working to create new opportunities for safety, services, and therapy that these families and children need. Listen for how YOU can help and what the Global Autism Project has planned, make donations at UkraineAutismRelief.com
Teaching Autoclitics and Manding for Information with Dr. Sarah Lechago
Manding for information is an important skill for intermediate learners. Today, I am joined by Dr. Sarah Lechago to discuss her research and trials teaching learners to mand for information. We talk about what manding is, the prerequisite manding skills that come before manding for information, how to use autoclitics, how to practice manding in your natural environment, and a lot of other great tips for both parents and professionals.
Medications for Autism : Top 5 Questions and Answers
Last week we circled back to podcast 28 from 2019 with Dr. Michael Murray, talking all about medications and autism. Kelsey is back to feature 5 more big questions on medications for autism that we get in our community. If you’re considering medications for your child, wondering if they will work, and just how to get them to take them, we’ll shed light on these answers and more!
Is There Medication for Autism? with Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Murray
Originally aired in 2019, today’s episode is a rebroadcast of episode 28, and one of my favorite, most referenced podcasts. Dr. Michael Murray, the first medical doctor I had the pleasure of interviewing and whom I actually worked with to successfully find the right medication for my son, Lucas. In this classic episode, he shares great information on autism and medication, and genetic testing that can eliminate the hard work of trial and error that can come with finding the right medication.
Help, My Toddler is Waking Up at Night! And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Sleep Issues in Autism
If sleep has become a sore subject and a constant struggle for you and your child, you are not alone! Today, Kelsey General and I are answering top FAQs on sleep issues from our online community. We go over important questions to ask when assessing your child’s sleep situation, how to break the cycle of constant night wakings, why up-to-date blood work is important for understanding sleep, and how to build strong sleep routines for your child to last a lifetime.
Theresa Richard: Medical SLP and Autism Mom
A Medical SLP specializing in Swallowing Disorders shares her personal story of her son’s autism diagnosis. Theresa Richards is an SLP, Podcaster, Author, and Autism mom of a son with a rare chromosomal abnormality. She shares their unique journey to diagnosis and finding the perfect therapy team. Theresa also shares some valuable knowledge on Medical SLPs and swallowing and how she is contributing to the field.
As an actual person with autism, the sub par audio quality is what gets me the most.
ABA is no doubt a controversial subject between autistic individuals that felt they experienced abuse and the parents that want to simply develop life skilled for their children and want to just hear “I love you” or get a chance to hug their child. I do believe Dr. Barbera has best intentions to give an honest and kind ABA therapy. That said, I can’t stand the audio quality. I didn’t want to cast judgment until I listen to a handful of episodes. My only other criticism is I feel like she’s missing an opportunity to simply skim through some of the material from her book in her podcast and talking about treating children. There needs to be examples of real processes and applications. It really is irritating to just hear, “it’s in my book”.
These podcasts have been so helpful especially the replay of the latest episode because I’m trying to figure the medications with his Dr. This was really helpful!
Recommend to everyone especially parents and grandparents
To everyone who is against ABA: ABA is literally short of Applied Behavioral Analysis. ABA is just a method of analyzing what influences someone’s behavior. Saying that ABA itself is bad is like saying that the statistical method or bird watching is bad. However, I do believe HOW you APPLY ABA could be bad and any therapist or technician could be bad or good just like any dog trainers or teachers could be bad or good. I am very sorry if you personally had a bad experience or encountered an abusive therapist and I’m sure there were a lot of those especially in the past. When I interviewed multiple ABA providers for my son, I saw huge differences in the approach and at least one of them sounded borderline abusive. So I believe abusive ABA is a thing. But don’t think that ABA itself is bad from one isolated experience. When you see bad dog trainers, do you automatically become against ALL dog training? Also if ABA isn’t the right method what do you suggest? Do you have an alternative? I believe what is more abusive than anything is to NOT to teach your child any skills. Do you really believe that an adult, like a 25 year old, is happy in a harness and diaper locked up in his own bedroom because he’s nonverbal and aggressive and no one can understand him? Currently ABA is the only method with repeated evidence that is effective to teaching autistic individuals skills (even JASPER, PRT, and ESDM are just different approaches of ABA). When you are neurotypical or “high-functioning”, you can learn skills from simply observing others but a lot of autistic individuals can’t. They probably won’t ever learn to do anything, even simple tasks like crossing a road safely without getting hit by a car if they are not taught that. If you have an alternative, please propose it and publish your studies. What Mary is trying to do here is a spread method to positively apply ABA and her method is far from abusive. Please read her whole book before leaving judgmental comments on her page that could detour parents from information that can change the trajectory of their kids future. My only criticism is sound quality. I have sensitivity to certain sounds and I wish the audio was edited.