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

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...

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...

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...

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...

February 13, 2019

Many parents and therapists have heard by now that visual supports can help kids make sense of their instructions. We know that receptive language, or making sense of what they hear, is difficult for our kids on the autism spectrum, and that visual learning is something they're relatively good at. The problem is, when we start making visual supports...

October 10, 2018

Many parents struggle to help their kids on the autism spectrum focus on learning activities. It can feel frustrating to not know how to get your child's attention and help them engage in the things you've picked out. In this video, I share three strategies that will help you feel more successful at teaching your autistic child new things.

October 1, 2018

Most OTs want so badly to make a real impact in the lives of the people we work with. We want to feel like what we are doing matters for our kids and their families, that it is effective, and that our time has been well spent.

When I first started out as an OT in early intervention working with kids on the autism spectrum, I felt immense pressure to...

August 9, 2018

When we work with kids on the autism spectrum, we often find that self-regulation is challenging. Our young clients begin to get upset and don't have the skills they need to wind back down again. Many of us know strategies that we think would help, but we have trouble getting the child to use the strategies when the moment comes.Has that happen...

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