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Expert strategies from an autism specialist and occupational therapist to help your clients thrive in therapy and in life.

June 18, 2020

These ableist and racist value systems, endemic and pervasive in society, lead to catastrophic consequences in far too many young people's lives. The Department of Education's annual civil rights data collection consistently shows that Black and Latinx disabled students face the highest rates of suspensions, expulsions, and in-school arrests...

March 20, 2020

Most of us know that the words we choose to describe others matter. Nevertheless it can be tough to stay on top of what language reduces stigma and confusion and what language does just the opposite. 

Did you know the majority of autistic adults prefer to be called "autistic" not "people with autism"? It turns out person-first language (e.g. saying “...

March 3, 2020

A strengths-based approach to OT with kids on the spectrum allows us to strike a balance between accepting that autistic kids think differently and also finding a way to teach them new skills. It reduces the burden on our autistic kids, who are often overwhelmed with the daily challenges of life in a world that is set up for neurotypical people. And...

January 17, 2020

We all want to show up to work feeling more confident. Click on the video below for a few concrete and effective things you can do in your very next session to help you get there.

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January 16, 2020

If we approach our work with a set of cookie-cutter interventions, we will quickly hit a wall. We will find ourselves presenting the same activities to each of our clients regardless of their needs, strengths, interests, and emerging skills. And we’ll find that increasingly we are met with resistance from our clients, and seemingly left to rely more...

November 11, 2019

In either of these scenarios, did the child learn a new skill to help them cope with the demands of daily life? Did you build your trust and your relationship?  Did the child’s own goals become more aligned with the goals you have for him? The answer to all of these questions is probably no. But the good news is, we don’t have to choose between get...

September 17, 2019

In these four videos you'll learn how and why to use an autism-specific behavior problem solving process.

September 10, 2019

Last week in the Early Intervention Occupational Therapists group on Facebook, I did a four part series on teaching play to kids on the autism spectrum. Check out the replays below to get some tips you can use right away in your work.

Part 1: Why playing is hard for kids on the autism spectrum 

In this video, I review what we know about autism learnin...

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