Training & Consultation from an OT & Autism Specialist

Grow your team's confidence and effectiveness so they can better meet the needs of your clients on the autism spectrum.

Help Your Clients With Autism to Thrive

Running a school or other community-based program takes a team. When you work with kids with autism, it can be hard to know if you're doing everything to help them meet their potential. II offer in-house trainings and consultation to ensure that your program makes the greatest impact possible.

In House Trainings

Interpreting Behaviors

In this interactive virtual or in-person training, your staff will go deep into the latest research on autism learning styles. They they’ll apply this knowledge in an behavior problem-solving process that truly relies on an autism lens. This process teaches your staff how to think beyond just “behavior” and “sensory” to develop hypotheses and interventions that reflect a deep understanding of how kids with autism think and learn.  They’ll get a workbook and fillable PDF to help them use the process in their daily work. Find more details here and contact Meg for group pricing and availability.

The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism

In my flagship 6.5 contact hour training, delivered in-person or virtually, your staff will learn how to use autism learning styles to shape their interventions across all domains. Staff will learn how to craft meaningful, individualized learning activities, schedules, and to-do lists for play, self-care, and academic skills. They’ll learn how to teach in a way that promotes engagement, flexibility, and independence for even the most concrete learner. Find details here and contact Meg for group pricing and availability.

Using Visual Supports in the Classroom

This two-hour training teaches classroom staff how to use a deep understanding of autism learning styles in their classroom schedules and learning activities. This training is best suited for teachers of high-level students. Contact Meg for pricing and availability.

Scaffolding and Prompting

This training teaches para-professionals the skills of scaffolding, prompting, and prompt fading to increase the efficacy of their work with students on the autism spectrum. Contact Meg for pricing and availability.

Custom training packages available. Contact Meg for details!

About Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L

As an occupational therapist, my goal is to look at the most important daily activities of a child with autism and discover how I can help them engage in that activity more fully and successfully. I've worked in early intervention, clinics, families' homes, and schools across the state. As a former clinical faculty member for UNC Chapel Hill's TEACCH® Autism Program, I helped train therapists, psychologists, and teachers from around the world.  I received my master's degree in occupational therapy from UNC Chapel Hill and am licensed to practice OT in NC, MS, and CA.

I love using my knowledge of how kids with autism think and learn to help community programs achieve greater success in their daily work. I start with the program's strengths and from there provide engaging and interactive training and consultation to help further the organization's goals. 


Autism Learning Styles

Do your staff have a deep understanding of how kids with autism think and learn? Do they have processes in place that help them problem solve challenging behaviors in light of these unique learning styles?  Usually the answer is "no" or "not really." Let's work together to transform your team into autism experts so that your students can meet their potential.

Visual Supports

Most of us know that kids with autism are "visual learners." But what does that really mean, and how can we use this information to truly help our students? I teach staff members how to create visual supports that are meaningful for individual students, how to teach the students to use them, and how to use visual supports to increase engagement and independence in daily routines.

Daily Routines

As an OT, I specialize in teaching daily living skills and play skills to kids on the autism spectrum. I can work directly with students, or train staff in how they can help foster these skills. 

Helping Picky Eaters

If mealtimes are a battle, I work with students and staff to promote adventurous eating in children of all ages. My approach is gentle and effective, and is based on advanced training in the latest evidence-based approaches to feeding therapy..

From the Blog

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 expect even though things may change day to day or session to session. And we can...

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 things can get really complicated very quickly!

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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.

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 happened to you? If so try this:

Concrete steps to teaching self-calming to your clien...

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 show off? To make parents see what would be possible, if only they could spend t...

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