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

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 with autism. 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 with autism 

In this video, I review what we know about autism learning styles, and discuss...

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...

May 20, 2019

If you work with non-verbal or minimally-verbal kids with autism, teaching them to ask for the things they want and need is one of the most important things you can do.

However, there are several mistakes that most therapists make when teaching requesting to kids with autism. These mistakes can make your well-intended intervention so much less effect...

April 18, 2019

The process of being a new therapist, or an experienced therapist in a new setting, is truly stressful. And while it’s totally normal to feel this way, we all want move past this feeling as quickly as we can. We want to feel honest, calm, and present in our work, whether things are going great or our sessions are descending into chaos. The good new...

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