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.
Autism in Black Families: Interview with Maria Davis-Pierre from Autism in Black
For Black families, stigma and bias play an outsized role in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, and Maria Davis-Pierre wants to change that by opening up the conversation in Black communities and with health professionals.
What Manners to Teach Kids with Autism
There are three common mistakes parents and professionals make when teaching a child with autism manners. It can feel natural to prompt a child with “Say ‘Thank you!’”, but for a child with autism, the timing of when manners are taught matters just as much as the language ability of the child and the prompts that are used to elicit language.
Autism and Employment Opportunities | Interview with Ann Marie Sullivan
Everyone feels useful and productive through a job, but for the autism community, where nearly 80% of them are unemployed, it can be hard to break through that barrier and enjoy that feeling. Ann Marie Sullivan’s company Spectrum Works seeks to be that bridge between unemployment and productive employment for the autism community.
My Story with Epilepsy, Autism, and Depression with Rachel Barcellona
As the reigning Miss Tampa and the runner-up to Miss Florida, Rachel Barcellona has created a platform for herself to positively share about her own journey with autism. But as a child, Rachel
often felt like an alien from outer space who was sent to visit an Earth middle school. She shares her beautiful story about how she’s used beauty pageants to become a confident ambassador for her community.
Dr. Keith Williams: Tackling Selective Eating in Children with Autism
How long should you go hiding spinach in brownies just to get a picky eater to eat some kind of vegetable? How much milk or juice should a child consume in a day? At some point, baked goods cannot be the only way your child eats a fruit or vegetable and a quart of juice a day isn’t optimal for many reasons, but making that transition into healthy eating for children with autism is a careful process.
Mistakes to Avoid when Increasing Language Skills in Children with Autism
When a child with autism begins to speak for the first time, it can be tempting for parents or professionals to rush ahead and teach them adjectives, verbs, and phrases as fast as they can. Building the speech foundation for a child with autism must be done carefully over time, so today I want to lay out some common mistakes you should avoid because they actually disrupt speech patterns.
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Awesome episode about the importance of early intervention!
Mary! I have listed to your podcast, since you started, completed your courses and bought your book. This is such important information that Dr. Klin is doing and as a professional, I have been utilizing this within my practice and am so glad you’re extending this out to your audience. So much can be done if we work together and share with each other along the way! Excited to see what’s to come!
I read The Verbal Behavior Approach years ago and I remember feeling like it was the first time anybody every truly understood some of the struggles I was going through trying to teach my child certain things. Years have passed and the quarantine hit!! We were seeing major language regressions amongst other things. I decided to break the book out again. Then I looked through podcasts to see if there were any podcasts related to the book! I was elated to find out she had over 80 podcast episodes available!!! I’m up to episode 10!! I was shocked at how many techniques she taught in her book that I loved that slowly faded out of our routine over time. This has been an amazing refresher course that has me going back to basics to hopefully regain the language we once had her using. It’s also reminded me of so many tools we use to use to help with behavior struggles!! So thankful for her desire and passion to help alleviate some of the stressful situations we all encounter!! Sometimes just knowing that others can relate is a feeling that doesn’t make you feel so isolated during your journey.
Great guests and topics
I love the guests and the topics! I read your book and so I feel like I know your/Lucas’ story so I’d love to see more focus on your guests and what they have to share in the podcast.