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

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. Check out my latest video for a few concrete things you can do 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...

August 11, 2019

Everyone who’s worked with kids on the spectrum on tough goals knows that in order to be successful we have to tap into their motivation. None of us, neurotypical or otherwise, has an easy time doing things that aren’t meaningful or motivating to us. This is especially true for our young autistic clients. So the question becomes: what motivators wi...

August 4, 2019

When we teach flexibility, we can watch as our kids learn to look to their schedules to see what changes they can expect that day. We’ll feel proud as kids play with toys in a variety of ways, share them with others, and use their new skills in different places and under new circumstances. We’ll create systems that allow our kids to know what to exp...

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