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In the Autism Outreach Podcast, Speech Therapist and BCBA, Rose Griffin from ABA SPEECH, provides her best, ready to use autism interventions and speech therapy techniques to inspire professionals and parents working with students with autism. With 20 years of experience in the field, Rose understands one of the biggest challenges parents, therapists and educators face on a daily basis is helping students strengthen their communication skills. Listeners will regain a sense of calm as Rose brea… Continue Reading >>
In the Autism Outreach Podcast, Speech Therapist and BCBA, Rose Griffin from ABA SPEECH, provides her best, ready to use autism interventions and speech therapy techniques to inspire professionals and parents working with students with autism. With 20 years of experience in the field, Rose understands one of the biggest challenges parents, therapists and educators face on a daily basis is helping students strengthen their communication skills. Listeners will regain a sense of calm as Rose breaks down trusted therapy techniques to try at home or school to provide support to students. Rose will address a variety of topics on autism spectrum disorder: how autism symptoms present in babies and toddlers, recognizing the differences between autism and a speech delay, early intervention therapies, autism evaluation, autism diagnosis, how to help a child with autism start communicating if they are nonverbal, helping students who engage in problem behavior, functional communication skills, increasing student engagem << Show Less
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#085: What is an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)? When it comes to parents advocating for their child’s education there can be so much to navigate, many times parents don’t even know their legal rights. Amanda Selogie and Vicki Brett are attorneys and founders of The Inclusive Education Project, a non-profit organization that educates families on special education rights. If you have a child receiving in school therapy or you&apos;re a school based provider, you may have heard the term IEE. But what is it? An IEE is an Individual Education Evaluation performed by a qualified person not employed by the school district. This evaluation is a legal right detailed in 34 CFR § 300. 502.The purpose of IEE is to service the child. Not the parent. Not any providers. Not the school district. This is why these can be such a great tool. Parents might seek these out if a child’s education plan is missing critical assessments or if there is a disagreement in the analysis of any assessments. The idea is to get a full scope and understanding of a child’s abilities and needs to best inform their education and any interventions or services. When requesting an IEE it&apos;s important to look at what’s the concern with the current assessments, and what is the goal an IEE can help achieve?If you’re a school based provider, do not be offended about the request for an IEE. The need for an IEE does not mean a therapist, or provider is not doing their job. There are certain limits that can prevent authentic results, such as access to limited assessments, testing environments, and sometimes a damaged rapport. The benefit of an IEE being conducted by a non-school district employed provider means that often the evaluator has different, more complex qualifications and expertise. Meaning, the evaluator can assess and analyze across disciplines. An IEE evaluator can offer fresh perspective, new environment, and more variety in assessment options. When we’re determining an education plan for a child, more information is ALWAYS better. The more everyone knows about a child&apos;s needs and abilities, the more detailed and purposeful goals can be made. Amanda and Vicki are doing great work spreading awareness of parents rights for their children’s education. You can reach them at their website, social media, or via email.#autism #speectherapyWhat’s Inside:What is an IEE?How can therapists use and embed information from an IEE?How to utilize an IEE within an IEP?What legal rights do families have in their child&apos;s education?What are the benefits of an IEE?What reasons might a child need an IEE?Mentioned In This Episode: Inclusive Education Project @inclusiveeducationproject - InstagramInclusive Education Project - Home | Facebookadmin@iepcalifornia.org ABA Speech: HomeStart Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech​​Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech
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#085: What is an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)? When it comes to parents advocating for their child’s education there can be so much to navigate, many times parents don’t even know their legal rights. Amanda Selogie and Vicki Brett are attorneys and founders of The Inclusive Education Project, a non-profit organization that educates families on special education rights. If you have a child receiving in school therapy or you&apos;re a school based provider, you may have heard the term IEE. But what is it? An IEE is an Individual Education Evaluation performed by a qualified person not employed by the school district. This evaluation is a legal right detailed in 34 CFR § 300. 502.The purpose of IEE is to service the child. Not the parent. Not any providers. Not the school district. This is why these can be such a great tool. Parents might seek these out if a child’s education plan is missing critical assessments or if there is a disagreement in the analysis of any assessments. The idea is to get a full scope and understanding of a child’s abilities and needs to best inform their education and any interventions or services. When requesting an IEE it&apos;s important to look at what’s the concern with the current assessments, and what is the goal an IEE can help achieve?If you’re a school based provider, do not be offended about the request for an IEE. The need for an IEE does not mean a therapist, or provider is not doing their job. There are certain limits that can prevent authentic results, such as access to limited assessments, testing environments, and sometimes a damaged rapport. The benefit of an IEE being conducted by a non-school district employed provider means that often the evaluator has different, more complex qualifications and expertise. Meaning, the evaluator can assess and analyze across disciplines. An IEE evaluator can offer fresh perspective, new environment, and more variety in assessment options. When we’re determining an education plan for a child, more information is ALWAYS better. The more everyone knows about a child&apos;s needs and abilities, the more detailed and purposeful goals can be made. Amanda and Vicki are doing great work spreading awareness of parents rights for their children’s education. You can reach them at their website, social media, or via email.#autism #speectherapyWhat’s Inside:What is an IEE?How can therapists use and embed information from an IEE?How to utilize an IEE within an IEP?What legal rights do families have in their child&apos;s education?What are the benefits of an IEE?What reasons might a child need an IEE?Mentioned In This Episode: Inclusive Education Project @inclusiveeducationproject - InstagramInclusive Education Project - Home | Facebookadmin@iepcalifornia.org ABA Speech: HomeStart Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech​​Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech
#084: Naturalistic Communication Training with Dr. Cindy Gevarter There is so much opportunity for communication in our students&apos; natural environments. But how can we use this intentionally and build our therapy plan around it? Dr. Cindy Gevarter, BCBA-D and assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico, joins me to discuss real world applications for naturalistic communication training in your therapy sessions.Assessments:When beginning therapy sessions for students, assessments are important for understanding students skills, goals, and needs. Dr. Gevarter listed several of her preferred assessments for naturalistic communication training that we have talked about on the show many times!Communication MatrixVB-MAPPEarly Start Denver ModelPlanning:Naturalistic communication is not random play, when preparing for a session keep in mind opportunities, routines, and priorities that are typical for your student. But you can’t just wing it. Dr. Gevarter recommends planning with an Activity Matrix: skills and goals associated with activities and embedded strategies. Follow through with developmental extension, parent coaching, and an environment set up for natural communication. A lot of the strategies and planning we discuss apply directly to 1 to 1 sessions, but Dr. Gevarter elaborates on how to plan for dyads and group settings by intentional peer to peer interaction or typical routines such as circle time or an art activity.Data:In a natural environment, we can’t pause a student while we record data. Dr. Gevarter suggests simplifying your data for quick observations. You may try using a rating scale or other shorthands that you can understand when noting responses, and goal planning. Remember that this is informal data collection used to inform your sessions, don’t overcomplicate it!Why Natural Environment?I often find parents in in-home sessions surprised that our therapy isn&apos;t taking place at a table with structured activities. While there is a time and a place for the table, there is a major benefit to utilizing a student&apos;s natural environment. When participating in natural play or natural environment activities, students are seeing and receiving natural reinforcement from their communication. They can actually see and experience the benefit of communication.#autism #speechtherapyWhat’s Inside:How can we adapt the natural environment of our sessions for communication?How to use an embedded approach for natural communication.Using naturalistic training in 1:1, dyads, and group sessions.Real world opportunities for your next therapy session.How to simplify data collection for observation in a natural setting.What are preferred assessments for naturalistic communication training?Mentioned In This Episode: Cindy Gevarter, Ph.D., BCBA-D Collaborative Autism GrantProject SCENESABA Speech: HomeStart Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech​​Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech
#083: SLP/BCBA Collaboration with Dr. Teresa Cardon and Dr. Lina Slim I always joke that it is my mission to meet all the unicorns out there, the dually certified SLP and BCBAs, as there are less than 500 in the world. Today I am talking with Dr. Teresa Cardon and Dr. Lina Slim both SLPs and BCBA-Ds. We are focusing on a subject that it a hot topic but near and dear to my heart, collaboration. Too often I see and hear problems between SLPs and BCBAs in therapy, IEP meetings, etc. But we need to be communicating and collaborating for our clients! Dr. Cardon and Dr. Slim share their perspectives on what barriers exist that are making these relationships so difficult. First and foremost is communication, frequently there is not respectful, humble, and open communication between these two providers. Additionally, specialty specific jargon is thrown around that can confuse and frustrate other professionals who arent “in the know”. Interpersonal skills, self-reflection, and bias awareness are really key to keeping communication productive. Try going into every conversation with your professional team of other specialties with the understanding that no one is wrong, we just see things differently. We also discuss logistical differences such as philosophy and theory. Your philosophy as a therapist can really impact your practice and how you view other providers. Whether you approach with a behavioral, developmental, or social theory will really guide your thinking and reception of collaboration with differing points of view. Dr. Lina Slim shares with us the ideas of the Four Domains of Authentic Interprofessional Culturally Aware and Responsive Collaborative Practice. Cultural Sensitivity and ResponsivenessCultural CompetenceCultural HumilityCultural ReciprocityWe are in agreement that collaboration has to be more common practice in our fields. Working together will benefit the health and educational outcome of the clients we serve. It is necessary, because it is simply not possible for one person to have all the answers. We have got to start teaching this practice before our new therapists enter schools and facilities! Dr. Slim and Dr. Cardon both share how they are advocating and encouraging this in the field through there work in this great episode!What’s Inside:Why is collaboration important for SLP and BCBAs?Common barriers in SLP/BCBA collaboration?The Four Domains of Authentic Interprofessional Culturally Aware and Responsive Collaborative Practice.Can your theory of practice affect your ability to collaborate?Why medical jargon is negatively affecting collaboration?The importance of respect and humbleness in collaboration.Mentioned In This Episode: TCardon@thechicagoschool.eduLinaslimtop@gmail.com ABA Speech: HomeStart Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA SpeechHelp Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech
#082: Inclusive Preschool Programming with Dr. Katie Walton of Ohio State University Starting preschool for both typically and non typically developing students is a big step, and there are a lot of important factors to consider. Dr. Katie Walton of Ohio State University oversees the Nisonger Center, an Inclusive Preschool Program. This center works with students with and without disabilities from birth to age 5.What is Inclusive Preschool Programming?Inclusive in short means that it includes all students, regardless of learning needs. What this looks like can vary from practice to practice. Some schools might just incorporate all learning types and work to meet all needs and others might focus on special needs services while incorporating typically developing children. Early intervention practices, while important for specific needs, are actually best practice teaching that can benefit any and all students, especially in a preschool setting. Assessments, Planning and Goal SettingPlanning and goal setting are essential for any classroom and any student. At the Nisonger Center they use a curriculum based assessment, APES, for daily planning for all students. Therapists and providers within the school will do individual assessments for needs and goals setting within IEP teams for students who require additional support. Additionally, important for any preschool program is a robust social and emotional skill plan. The team at Nisonger works hard to set functional goals, on what social and emotional skills look like in action, versus checking a box on a goal list. Dr. Walton also shares about the really great collaborative loop from their preschool team to public schools, for IEP goals and transition. This is such a huge benefit for school based providers and families for a full understanding of a child’s needs and abilities. Are you a parent considering preschool programs for your child?It can be confusing, overwhelming, and hard to know what&apos;s right when looking for a program for your preschool aged child. Dr. Walton provides some questions for parents to consider and ask their prospective programs.What does the day look like? Curriculum, schedule, structure.How are daily schedules and activities adapted for different learning needs?What are the discipline policies? How are behavioral problems handled? Is there an emphasis on positive reinforcement and strategies?Bring your child: How do they interact with your child? How do they respond to your child&apos;s normal behaviors? How does your child respond to the environment?An Inclusive Preschool Program has so much to offer both children with and without disabilities. Whether you’re a professional working in a preschool or a parent ready to place your child in the right school, consider the ideas we’ve discussed in today’s episode to ensure the best practices are being used for your child and their unique needs!#autism #speechtherapyWhat’s Inside:What does Inclusive Preschool Programming actually mean?What should parents look for in a preschool program?How inclusive programming can accommodate a wide variety of learning needs.How preschools work with public schools on planning and goal setting for students.What assessments might be used in an inclusive preschool setting?Setting functional goals: What do interactions and skills actually look like in practice?How early intervention practices can benefit students both with and without disabilities.Mentioned In This Episode: Nisonger Center Early Learning ProgramStart Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech​​Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN
#081: Addressing Social Skills with Dr. Ali Arena The social setting of our world is ever-changing and developing, for autistic individuals it can be hard to understand and keep up with the skills to navigate it! Dr. Ali Arena is an SLP, BCBA who specializes in social skills. While Dr. Arena works primarily with autistic adults, she shares some great tips that can be applied across the lifespan. As a provider, working on Social Skills requires a strong and trusting relationship with your client. Dr. Arena shares about how she has learned about her clients interests and hobbies and allowed them to be the expert in the conversation. She also reminds therapists to create connections and rapport before diving into their interests because these connections become genuine. Another tool Dr. Arena uses in her therapy are dyads, she finds peer group practice between neurodivergent individuals can be really impactful in understanding social cues and norms.Masking is something autistic individuals in the community are really speaking out against. Dr. Arena agrees that being true to yourself and not changing are important. I reference what a previous guest had called camouflaging, as a tool to follow societal rules. Sometimes as an adult, you just need to know how to talk to your boss or your professor in college. Following social rules can be necessary for autistic adults and that&apos;s where Dr. Arena comes in. Her clients come to her to repair social communication, either for work, relationships, or other problems they might be having. It’s not masking but rather building, learning, and refining new skills.From focusing on REALISTIC social situations for all ages to helping autistic adults with romantic relationships, Dr. Arena has some great tips for therapists, parents, and any professional working with autistic individuals on social skills. You can find out more about her at her website or on Instagram.#autism #speechtherapyWhat’s Inside:Navigating constantly changing social skills.How to adjust mindset after social rejection for autistic individuals.Coaching relationships for autistic adults.Masking vs Camouflage in a nuanced society.How to encourage realistic communication and connections.Mentioned In This Episode: Dr.Ali - Connection Creator (@connectingwithali) on Instagram Ali Arena Communications: HomeABA Speech: HomeStart Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA SpeechHelp Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech Use coupon code SUNNYSALE75 and save $75 off Start Communicating Today and $75 off Help Me Find My Voice. Offer ends July 31st.
#080: Dynamic Assessment - A Talk With Shellie Bader Have you ever felt like an assessment didn’t truly tell the story of your child? Shellie Bader is an SLP with a really incredible and valuable career. Today she is sharing all about Dynamic Assessment and how we as Speech Therapists can use this to enrich and drive speech therapy.Oftentimes, formal and informal assessments are not comprehensive enough to determine the “story of the child”. Dynamic Assessment is a qualitative assessment we are able to use, to get the bigger picture. It is an alternative or supplemental assessment, with a method that provides the ability to understand what a student can learn. This tool can help determine whether a child has a learning difference or a learning disorder, and how a child learns and is specifically helpful with students who use English as a second language or have other special circumstances. Where do you start with intervention when it seems like everything should be a goal? Along with Dynamic Assessment comes a Mediated Learning Experience. In which the therapist picks a skill that is relevant or important to the child. This learning potential observation occurs over one session, so the therapist can determine the abilities of the child within the learning process.When completing a Mediated Learning Experience, the information collected can drive you directly to the creation of IEP goals. Through working on a skill, the therapist will actually be able to see the prompts that are successful, the supports needed, the targets a student struggles with, and how the skill should be scaffolded. A Dynamic Assessment and a Mediated Learning Experience is another tool for your SLP tool belt to help determine how a student learns specific skills while always working on meaningful, functional skills for the student and their independence. If you’re interested in finding out more or talking with Shellie Bader, you can reach her via LinkedIn or email!#autism #speectherapyWhat’s Inside:How can we have tools that will drive the road map for intervention?How can we help students increase their functional communication skills, independence, and joy?What is Dynamic Assessment?How can SLPs use Dynamic Assessment in the therapeutic and evaluation process?What is the distinction between a learning difference versus a learning disorder?What is a mediated learning experience?Mentioned In This Episode: Shellie Bader, M.A., CCC-SLP - LinkedInShellieSLP@gmail.com ABA Speech: HomeStart Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech​​Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA Speech To receive 75$ OFF BOTH of these courses in the month of JULY, use code SUNNYSALE75.
#079: ABA SPEECH Courses and Sale Happy Summer!! I am excited to announce that we are hosting a SALE for the month of July on our courses, Start Communicating Today and Help Me Find My Voice.These are CEU courses with ASHA and ACE approval for SLPs and BCBAs. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of your free time and get the tools to help your autistic learners from toddlers, preschool, and school age.Start Communicating Today is a 5 hour course for toddler and preschool aged learners. Get confident in your abilities to help your learner use their voice. In this course you will find support and research backed tools for assessments, IEP goal setting, structuring therapy and so much more.Help Me Find My Voice is a 5 hour course for school age learners. Working with this age can be overwhelming and intimidating. In this course you will find the tools for success all in one place, with support for assessments, IEP goal setting and meeting structure, engaging therapy plans,  and even AAC support.The purchase of both of these courses include 3 month access to the 5 hour course, research backed tools, and printables. As well as ASHA reporting and CEUs.To receive 75$ OFF BOTH of these courses in the month of JULY, use code SUNNYSALE75.I cannot wait to see you in the courses!What’s Inside:What is Start Communicating Today?What is Help Me Find My Voice?ASHA, ACE approved CEU courses AVAILABLE NOW.JULY 2022 Sale on ASHA approved courses on ABA Speech.Find Research backed tools and resources for therapy with toddler through school age learners.Mentioned In This Episode: SALE CODE: SUNNYSALE75Start Communicating Today – Waitlist – ABA Speech Help Me Find My Voice – EVERGREEN – ABA SpeechABA Speech: Home
#078: 5 Strategies for Toddlers and Preschool Aged Students Is your learner difficult to engage? Are you not sure where to start? Is your learner not communicating? Knowing where to start can be stressful!!! I am here to help with my top 5 strategies to get your autistic learner communicating today!Strategy 1: Create a Fun AtmospherePresent a toy the child will enjoy. Play with the toy and use simple language.(play dough, cars, musical toys, mini objects, etc.)Strategy 2: ObserveWhat does your learner like to do? How is your learner currently communicating?(Make notes about their likes, and dislikes. Is your learner vocalizing, using pictures, pointing, pulling to an item, etc.?)Strategy 3: Engage in Shared ActivitiesConnection before communication(Reading a book, singing a song, playing with toys)Strategy 4: Create a Positive AtmospherePositive Vibes Only: Use simple language, do not bombard your learner with questions.(“Wow, I see a truck!” Vs. “What is that? What color is that”)Strategy 5: Remain FlexibleWhat you planned may look different than how it actually happens. Adapt the skill to following the learner&apos;s lead.Now you can rest easy because that starting point is not out of reach! If you want to learn more including all about assessments, goal setting, therapy structure, tools and resources, join my toddler and preschool course: Start Communicating Today!#autism #speechtherapyWhat’s Inside:A listen at Rose Griffin, of ABA Speech, most listened to the webinar.Early Intervention strategies for toddler and preschool-aged students.Find a starting point for formal or at-home therapy sessions.Help YOUR learners to Start Communicating Today!Tools and tips for SLPS, Parents, and Special Education Professionals.Mentioned In This Episode: ABA Speech: HomeStart Communicating Today
#077: Supporting Speech Therapy Carryover In The Summer I first found Calonda Henry on TikTok, where she shares tons of great tips and information for parents and professionals. Calonda is a Florida based SLP where she owns a certified Woman and Minority owned practice, Broad Horizons Speech Therapy. With summer here, many learners are not receiving their school based speech and language services and parents may want to know how to help. As parents, we want to do the very best for our child and it can feel overwhelming and intimidating to need to &quot;carryover therapy&quot; on your own in the summer. Calonda reminds families that speech and language practice can be generalized in your everyday environment, and can be free, easy and very natural. You don&apos;t have to plan the perfect table activity to get really enriching practice for your child. In everyday activities and simple interactions, there are so many opportunities to practice general or specific speech goals. Scavenger Hunt: Are you taking a walk outside? Are you going to the grocery store? Look for items that start with certain letter sounds, practice and emphasize this sound as you find items.Categories: Find items in your house that only fit into certain categories or belong in a certain room, label them, ask questions, and practice them.Movement: practice sounds and vocabulary in isolation by making up movements and dances while saying the sounds or words.Car rides: Play car games like I Spy or ask WH questionsHeadbands: This is a great family game you can purchase or DIY that works on a variety of skills like vocabulary, attributes, asking questions, and yes/no responses.Screen time: For many families, screen time and technology use is bound to happen, create conversation and ask questions around the game your child is playing or download a fun educational app that can build in practiceGames: Family game time uses and practices many fundamental skills such as executive functioning, planning, social, NS back and forth communicationThe most important tip: Interact together, at the end of the day interaction with your child is so powerful for practicing all of their speech and language goals. Play games, ask questions, read books, talk about your activities or meals. This creates a low demand setting where your child can generalize their speech and language goals while having fun.#autism #speechtherapyWhat’s Inside:How to support speech, language, and social goals in the summer.Games and simple ideas for speech practice this summer.How parents can generalize speech practice into their everyday environment.Why practicing speech and language goals can be simple and low demand activities.Mentioned In This Episode:Broad Horizons Speech Therapy (@broadhorizonsspeech) TikTokBroad Horizons Speech Therapy - InstagramBroad Horizons Speech Therapy Speech, Language, and Education Parent Support Group of FloridaMeet Calonda Henry of Broad Horizons Speech TherapyABA Speech: Home
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