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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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Interviewing for teaching jobs is overwhelming! I discuss looking for my first teaching job. I share what interviews went well and which didn’t and what were my biggest regrets of the whole process. 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-2021/ 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.
Summer School or ESY (Extended School Year) can be tricky. I share about my toughest summer teaching ESY with new students, challenging behaviors, and extreme heat. Surprise twist this episode involves breaking the internet firewall. 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-2021/ 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.
This summer The Autism Helper Podcast will feature Tales from Teaching. I will share stories from my time as a classroom teacher. I will be sharing some of my best moments, hardest moments, and biggest learning experiences! 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-2021/ 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.
Positive behavior change is all about teaching new, communicative skills. Reinforcement is key to this process but is often misunderstood. A small misstep can take reinforcement to bribery. Bribery is not only ineffective but it can actually cause problem behavior to increase. In this episode of the podcast, I’m sharing a clip from my popular behavior webinar: Reinforcement, Bribery, or Negotiation: The Tools that Make or Break Your Behavior Plans. To watch this complete FREE webinar click here: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/32/5vo1lu3o%20 Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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, Sasha answers questions submitted by listeners!    Questions answered in this episode:   - What is your most recommended data collection system?  - How to know if your child is in the right setting?  - How to help general education teachers and administrators understand inclusion?  - How to handle issues between staff members?  - How to help students transition from choice/reward back to work? Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
My brand new online course - The Roadmap to Reading is open for enrollment, but only until May 25th! In this episode, learn why making a course on literacy was so important to me, who this course is designed for, what is included in this course, and how the toolkits are setup. To learn more or sign up: https://theautismhelper.com/courses/
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. It’s under the umbrella of Applied Behavior Analysis and focuses on private events or our thoughts. BCBA, Amy Cook gives an overview and instruction into ACT and how educators can utilize ACT principles in their classroom. She reviews the 6 primary processes and gives ideas for strategies within each each. Resources: Get our of Your Mind and Into Your Life: https://www.amazon.com/Get-Your-Mind-Into-Life-ebook/dp/B0054M063A/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=stephen+hayes&qid=1617834892&sr=8-2 AIM Curriculum: https://www.amazon.com/Aim-Dana-Paliliunas-Mark-Dixon/dp/0998623393/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Mark+dixon+AIM&qid=1617834936&sr=8-2 Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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 for a classroom with students with a wide range of skill sets. We want students to get work that is “just right” - not too easy and not too hard. In this episode, learn the big picture best practice for running small groups. Start of by grouping students with similar goals. Establish clear expectations and schedules for both students and staff. Then, when running groups review those expectations and mini-schedules each session and embed reinforcement throughout. Blog Posts: How to Get Classroom Centers Started: https://theautismhelper.com/get-classroom-centers-started-setup/ Creating a Classroom Excel Schedule: https://theautismhelper.com/creating-classroom-excel-schedule/ Managing Smooth Classroom Schedules: https://theautismhelper.com/managing-smooth-classroom-schedules/ Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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. Rachel Schwartz is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with a Ph.D. in Special Education. Dr. Schwartz discusses the importance for teaching bodily autonomy at all ages. She reviews what body autonomy is, how to teach it, and how to encourage consent in the learning process. Dr. Schwartz covers why this skill fits into overall quality of ones life.  LINKS:  Additional resources can be found on the Watson Institute's website: https://www.thewatsoninstitute.org/ Talking with Your Kids: Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities by Katherine McLaughlin  Elevatus Curriculum: www.elevatustraining.com Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality by Terri Couwenhoven I Openers: Parents Ask Questions about Sexuality and Children with Developmental Disabilities by Dave Hingsburger Just Say Know: Understanding and Reducing the Risk of Sexual Victimization of People with Developmental Disabilities Sexuality Education by Jason Travers  Pro-ed Series on Autism Spectrum Disorders Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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 skill of saying “no” is essential for becoming an independent adult. In order to self-advocate, we must all learn how to set boundaries and protect those boundaries when we are asked to cross them. We can start to teach this skill even at a young age. In this episode, we discuss why teaching protesting is essential, how to get your team on board, and how to set the stage for this skill in your classroom. Then we review how to give opportunities for choice and control and respect and reinforce the answer no when given. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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. Aditi Mehra, OT and Mandy Mason, BCBA share their love of Precision Teaching in this episode. They cover what Precision Teaching is, how if can be utilized in a wide range of settings, and how this approach has impacted their practice. This episode is filled with actionable ideas on how PT can implemented with both academic and functional goals. Dr. Aditi Mehra is an OT and Director of Fit Learning Labs in the Chicagoland area. Mandy Mason is a BCBA and Director of Fit Learning Australia Aditi and Mandy came together to start the podcast - the ABA and OT Podcast to share their passion of bringing measurement and thereby accountability to fields of OT and beyond. Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-aba-and-ot-podcast/id1538336498 Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
Paula Kluth is an author, consultant, and advocate and is passionate about creating inclusive environments in all schools. In this episode, Paula shares actionable tips and strategies for facilitating inclusion in the visual classroom and during socially distant in-person instruction. Paula shares ways she became so involved in working towards inclusion as well as advice for how to handle situations where inclusion best practices get push back.  For more information, visit Paula's website: https://www.paulakluth.com/ Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
Alicia Trautwine is the author behind The Mom Kind. Alicia is autistic, the parent to 4 children and 3 of Alicia’s kids are on the spectrum. In this interview, Alicia shares the story of both her and her kids’ diagnosis, how being autistic impacts how she parents, and what advice she has for educators. Alicia’s positivity and honesty is inspiring and her energy is refreshing! Website: www.themomkind.com Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
This high request episode explores how to use prompts efficiently and effectively. Prompts are teaching tools we add to a situation to help a learner be successful. I explore the different types of prompts and how/when to use them. Knowing how to fade prompts is as important as how you use them. I cover three strategies for prompt fading: Least to Most Prompting, Most to Least Prompting, and Time Delay. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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. Mary Barbera, BCBA, is an author, parent, nurse, and BCBA. In this recording, Dr. Barbera did a special webinar for The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership. Dr. Barbera shared what the verbal behavior approach is, gave the details of her new book - Turn Autism Around, and reviewed why early intervention is so essential. LINKS Turn Autism Around: An Action Guide for Parents of Young Children with Early Signs of Autism: https://turnautismaround.com/ www.marybarbera.com Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
Every decision is shaped by your skills and abilities to perform the task and your motivation to act or not act based on options available. One of the most powerful behavior tools in my toolbox is approaching challenging behaviors with a Can’t Do or Won’t Do approach. Assess the root of the issue by looking at if the work or demand is too hard and you need to adjust the task or there is not enough motivation or reinforcement and you need to adjust the reinforcement. I talk through some examples of Can’t Do or Won’t Do situations, how false assumptions can lead to major missteps, the Can’t Do or Won’t Do test, and strategies to utilize for each type of challenge. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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, Meghan Roberson, a dual-certified SLP and BCBA and the Owner/Director of Anchor ABA shares the Sensory Pyramid or "Pyramid of Learning." Meghan explains how there is often a lack of training and general awareness that the impact of dysregulation can have on all types of behavior. Increased understanding on this topic can cause an important shift in mindset on how to approach behavior challenges in a proactive and effective. Although teachers and behavior analysts are not licensed to diagnose deficits in sensory areas, it is so important for a BCBA or educator to be able to recognize sensory processing challenges, make appropriate referrals to OT if needed, and work with an OT to maximize the benefits of ABA based strategies. If a child is dyregulated, it'll be much harder for them to learn the important skills and regulate behavior. 
Meghan walks us through sensory processing, the sensory pyramid, and the 8 senses in detail! Download: https://theautismhelper.com/8-senses-by-meghan-roberson/ https://theautismhelper.com/sensory-pyramid/ Resources: Books: Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR Sensory Integration by Jean Ayres Out of Sync Child, by Carol Kranowitz Toolchest: For Teachers, Parents, & Students, by Diana Henry Website: STAR Institute, https://www.spdstar.org/ Podcast:   The Sensory Project Show Podcast, https://thesensoryproject.com/pages/podcast Instagram:
@movementmatters by Kelly Smith, RN Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
Activity schedules are a great way to teach leisure skills and promote independence. Special education teacher and BCBA, Christina Abadir, shares options for ways to set up activity schedules in the classroom or home setting. She gives a wide range of examples and setup options and explores ways to differentiate for virtual instruction and a socially distant classroom. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
Executive functions are mental skills that we use everyday to get things done. They can be thought as the management system of the brain. These skills are essential for academic, social, and functional success. Former special education teacher, BCBA, and behavior coach, Lisa Berluti, explores executive functions and how both teachers and parents can help cultivate these skills. Lisa shares examples on common expectations and ways to support skill development for response inhibition, organization, and task initiation. We examine what these skills can look like in the home or school setting the simple strategies you can utilize at a variety of grade levels to improve these abilities. Download the Grade Level Progression of Executive Functions: https://theautismhelper.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Podcast/Executive+Functioning_++School+and+Home.pdf Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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.
ENCORE EPISODE Transitioning is a skill that some of our learners may benefit from more instruction on. In this episode learn my 7 tips for teaching students to tolerate transitions effectively. I focus on evidence based antecedent interventions. We want to prevent the problem behavior before it starts. Identify tweaks or additions you can add to your classroom to make transitions better and less challenging for your learners. Click here to find out more info about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership: https://theautismhelper.com/membership-2021/ 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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