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.
#123: Selective Mutism and Autism: Interview with Chelsea Gamache
One of the biggest myths about selective mutism is that it’s just shyness and a child will outgrow it on their own. Chelsea Gamache was diagnosed with Selective Mutism (SM) and Sensory Processing Disorder at 5-years-old, and she has a wealth of information today on how parents and therapists can help children who have this anxiety disorder. We discuss many of the comorbidities of SM, including how it often intersects with autism.
#122: Putting It All Together - The 4 Steps of the Turn Autism Around Approach with Emily R
Everyone’s autism journey has a beginning point. And sometimes, it has many new beginnings as you learn new strategies that can help your child communicate their wants and needs. Join Emily R as she starts a new beginning with the Turn Autism Around approach for her six-year-old son Kash.
#121: Autism and Medical Issues: How Medical Issues Impact Problem Behavior
How did you teach your child to wear a mask to protect themselves from Covid-19? Children, at all different stages in their lives, need to be able to communicate about how their bodies feel when they’re sick, and they need to be able to take medicine or vitamins. Inside this episode, I share some strategies and resources for helping you figure out medical issues for children with autism.
#120: ABA Data Collection: Step Four of the Turn Autism Around Approach
For the fourth step of the Turn Autism Around approach, I’m going to share some easy ways to collect data so that you can begin to identify patterns and trends in a child’s behavior. This vital step should not be skipped since it will help you adjust therapy or even just the child’s environment to improve behavior, health, and speech.
#119: How BCBA Autism Mom Jennifer N. Helped Her Children with Autism
In rapid succession, Jennifer N.’s four children, ages 13, 8, and 3-year-old twins, were all diagnosed with autism. To compound her situation, she was living in Holland, where at the time there was only one BCBA in the entire country. Hear how she navigated this rough beginning to become a BCBA herself, and how she successfully launched all four of her children into adulthood.
#118: Dually Certified SLP/BCBAs on Collaboration with Parents and Other Providers | Panel Interview
All three women on my panel today began as speech language pathologists before becoming board-certified BCBAs. Armed with this unique combination, they are passionate about bridging the two complementary specialties in a way that empowers parents and benefits children. Listen to their thoughts on how SLPs and BCBAs can better collaborate to improve the lives of children with autism.
I really enjoy the topics that Dr. Barbera dives into and the professionals she interviews on the show. The reason why I gave 4 stars is because I feel I don’t hear enough from those being interviewed and the conversation gets turned around to Dr. Barbera talking about her experience for 3/5 of the conversational topic. Don’t get me wrong, I like hearing about her experience. But it takes away from the information I’m trying to learn from the guests on the show.
I love listening to these pod casts and all of the many resources Dr. Barbera has to offer. As a parent I was so frustrated with the lack of good quality services. Everyday that went by my frustration and anxiety grew until I found Mary Barbera and all of her resources. The pod casts provide me with additional resources and perspectives.
this is trash
Nothing about us without us; this podcast excludes and silences actually autistic people and tells parents that they need to fix and cure their autistic children. Please apologize for this embarrassment of a podcast.