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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 6, 2019

If you don’t have a toolbox full of autism-specific strategies, letting go of hand-over-hand can feel scary. After all, when your client can’t or won’t follow the instructions you’re giving, what exactly do you do? Keep reading to learn three reasons why it’s worth letting go of hand-over-hand assistance in most circumstances, and how to figure out...

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...

July 22, 2018

There’s something controversial in the occupational therapy world….It’s what on earth we OTs are supposed to do. Parents, have you noticed this? You go to one OT and they do all sensory. Slides, swings, sensory bins! So you think, ooooh that’s what OT is. But then one day you get another OT and they want to work on…….handwriting? And then here I am...

June 25, 2018

Sometimes doing therapy can feel like a performance. You plan this beautiful hour, orchestrate it, and then wait for your applause and bow… …and then the parents take their child back to regular life. Which is no performance at all. It’s rich and complicated and messy. And, usually, rushed. What’s the point of these perfect therapy sessions? To s...

May 20, 2018

Learn how to make a schedule for your clients with autism that teaches independence and flexibility

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