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Welcome to The Autism Helper Podcast, where we explore different strategies to improve the lives of individuals with autism.
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Heather Hoeft, TAH Blogger and Preschool teacher, shares why play is important, what skills you can work on during play, and how to incorporate play into your classroom. Let’s dive into why play is so essential to build rapport and teach new skills. Heather walks through types of skills you can work on with play in the areas of language development, social skills, emotional learning, and gross/fine motor skills. She shares how to train your team to play effectively and work this into all areas of your day! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Adapted books are any books that have been modified in some way to make it more accessible to the reader. Adapted books can add structure and a hands-on component that many of our students benefit from. In this episode, I review the different types of adapted books, where to utilize them in your classroom, and how to run a lesson or activity using adapted books. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Easel by TpT™ is a free suite of digital tools to help educators teach, engage, and assess learners. These digital tools can be so helpful to utilize your TpT Purchases digitally. Digital resources are a great, low-prep (i.e. no need to laminate!) way to give your students access to a bigger variety of materials. In this episode, I interview Will Cullen who is part of the Education Content and Insights Team at TpT. He shares some tips and strategies for using Easel by TpT™. The Autism Helper is excited to bring you more digital Easel Activities within the products you have already purchased! This episode was created in paid partnership with Teachers Pay Teachers. FAQs about Easel: https://bit.ly/3qmy2T5 Explore your past purchases: https://bit.ly/3qkqss3 Check out The Autism Helper’s Easel resources: https://bit.ly/3ogj522 Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
One question I get asked all the time is how can I find the time to make so many materials? It takes time to develop a big library of resources. In this episode, I share some tips for how to prioritize your material prep. You don’t need to make everything at once. Set up a classroom resources prep station to build efficiency into this process and ensure everything is organized so you can find things when you need them. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most well-known and respected experts in the field on autism and animal behavior and livestock. She is an internationally best-selling author and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Temple’s new book is called Navigating Autism - The 9 Mindsets for Helping Kids on the Spectrum. In this interview Temple shares some valuable advice and expertise for parenting, educating, and supporting autistic learners. Temple shares how important it is to prepare individuals for the real world by identifying strengths and interests. She puts the importance on the whole child instead of getting stuck in the label. Temple also reviews how medical concerns can play a role in behavior. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
When I was a new teacher, I did not realize that training my staff was part of my job. Now I not only know it is part of the job, but have seen how critically important this job responsibility is. Your students need a team that works collaboratively and cohesively. Staff training is a year long endeavor and is always something you can level up on. In this episode, I share 4 tips for successfully leading your team: build rapport, take the time, show the why, and give appreciation. No matter what your role is, there is always a way to make the teams you are on work better together. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Dr. Camille Kolu, BCBA-D focuses on bringing together creative service, best practices, behavior analysis, and behavioral neuroscience in what is described as Trauma-Informed Applied Behavior Analysis. In this episode, Dr. Kolu shares what Trauma Informed practice is and how this can impact how we support our learners. She dives into the ethical boundaries, how to work collaboratively on a team, and shares examples of what trauma behaviors may look like. For more from Dr. Kolu, visit her website: https://cuspemergence.com/ and her courses: https://www.cuspemergenceuniversity.com/. References: https://www.amazon.com/Deepest-Well-Long-Term-Childhood-Adversity-ebook/dp/B01N7HZ73B/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+deepest+well&qid=1632317602&sr=8-1 Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Small group instruction is essential to work on focused and differentiated goals within a classroom with a broad range of skill sets. Small groups allow you to get more done in less time and individualize instruction appropriately. In this episode, I am sharing my dos and don’ts of small group instruction. Even if you are already using small groups, this episode will share some ways to fine tune how you run your groups and give some strategies to share with your team. •        Do group students will similar goals and skills •        Do consider grade, age, and behaviors •        Do review expectations at the start of every small group •        Do train your paraprofessionals to run small groups •        Do set a schedule •        Do end with an open ended activity •        Don’t just wing it •        Don’t forget to factor in time for reinforcers/break/movement •        Don’t try to do too much •        Don’t make the data system too complicated Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
In this episode, I am joined by BCBA Chrissy Barosky who is the Chief Clinical Officer of Bierman ABA. Chrissy and I discuss the extremely important topic of assent withdrawal. Assent withdrawal is when a learner is trying to tell that they are not happy with something. This may look like escape or avoidance behavior. As educators and clinicians, it is essential to identify when assent withdrawal is occurring and honor this request. Chrissy shares how to identify these responses and what to learn from the situation when this does occur. She shares proactive strategies that can help create an environment that is more conducive to that individual’s learning.   Learn more: https://www.biermanaba.com/why-is-assent-withdrawal-essential-in-aba-therapy/ Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Token economies are a great way to build positive behaviors and differentiate the skills you are building and the reinforcers. Token economies can be effective and easy to utilize if set up correctly. In this episode, I share the 10 dos and don’ts of token economies. As great as token economies can be, they can also have negative impacts on student relationships and rapport if done incorrectly. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Communication is the cornerstone of literacy, developing friendships, being independent, and so much more. Strive to make your classroom as communication friendly as possible. Work towards giving your students as many opportunities to practice building communication skills as possible.    4 Ways to Create a Communication Friendly Classroom: 1. Give everyone a voice.  2. Embed and support communication opportunities throughout the day.  3. Setup engaging and high interest activities.   4. Make it a team endeavor. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership is open for enrollment from 9/8 - 9/14. Join the community of hundreds of educators, clinician, and parents all dedicated to creating the best learning environment for their students. In this episode, I share some behind the scenes on why I created the membership and how the membership has evolved in the last two years. I also share how current members are utilizing the membership for staff training, collaboration, and more!    Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Independent work is an essential component to any classroom. It teaches students the important life skill of working on their own while allowing maintenance on previously mastered skills. It also allows the teacher to work one on one with other students, train staff, or run small groups. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The start of the year is overwhelming and it may feel tempting to try to create a detailed and thorough data system right away. Instead focus on establishing rapport and relationships with your students. Data will come! In this episode, I share the 4 pillars for setting up your data systems in the start of the year. These are simple decisions and action steps to take that will allow you to focus on the start of the year rapport while getting your data systems pointed in the right direction. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Three members of the Professional Development Membership group share actionable tips and strategies to bring into your classroom. Parent, Vidya Banerjee gives us 3 ways that teachers can support parents and families. Special Education Teacher, Jamie Palmer shares why not to be a yes person and what to do when asked to do all of the things. Finally, Special Education Teacher, Siera Miller discusses 3 ways to embed communication. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
In this episode, I chat with special education teacher, Jacqueline Asbury, a member of The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership. Jacqueline shares some of the silver linings of distance learning and what she will be bringing back to the classroom this school year. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Last school year was extremely tough for educators and student. There have been countless changes to routines and unexpected transitions. Returning to school this fall, it’s important to think about how to make this return as smooth as possible. In this episode, I share my best practices for the back to school season and why these principles are more important now than ever. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Most of my years in teaching embraced the philosophy of - just ask. If you ask nicely and politely, there is no risk. You may get told no, but you may get told yes. This philosophy sent me to great trainings, gave me the chance to set up a life skills room, and helped me spend less of my own money on my classroom. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Working with other adults is sometimes the hardest part of the job. As a teacher you need to collaborate effectively with other clinicians. I have been lucky to be able to work with some amazing clinicians over the years. This made the process of collaboration so much smoother. But I’ve also had some struggles with different clinicians throughout the years as well. In this episode, I dive into the good and difficult experiences of collaborating and talking about my experience collaborating with other clinicians as a BCBA. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Listener request for me to share some of my funniest moments teaching! While sharing some funny stories, I realized that all of these moments are times when my students were uniquely themselves and refreshingly honest. I love all of these little moments when my students’ personalities would really shine through. This is an episode from the Tales from Teaching Summer Series. If you enjoyed this episode or had something similar happen in your classroom, we’d love to hear! Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram @theautismhelper and let us know which episode you connected with! Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/ Looking for a specific product or resource? Visit The Autism Helper store on TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Autism-Helper Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
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