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By Tracy Vail, MS, CCC-SLP, Autism Consultant and Heather Forbes, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA

There is currently a great deal of debate in the field of speech-language pathology about the kinds of words that should be taught first to nonverbal (or minimally verbal) individuals with communication impairments. This debate mainly surrounds whether interventionists should first teach a broad range of specific, concrete words or a small set of abstract words that can be used across items and environments.

Understanding the Mind of the Child with Autism

When determining why children with Autism do the things they do, we typically will take ABC data and determine the function the behavior serves for the child.  In other words, what has the child “accidentally learned” that has them doing the things they do.

Is Your Child Getting Stuck On Electronics?

Is your child getting stuck on electronics?  The IPad specifically, is becoming increasingly popular with children with Autism and can be a great teaching tool for children.  The problems come in when the child becomes seemingly “obsessed” with the Ipad, unable to tolerate it being removed and having temper tantrums when the device is controlled in any way.  If your child experiences these difficulties, the following is recommended.  If they are not yet there, instituting some of these suggestions might keep it from happening.

Tracy Vail travels with Knowledge for People to train parents and providers at Autism Care Nepal

It's hard to imagine a world where people on the streets, those in government and those in charge of education don't have any idea what autism is.  While we still have a long way to go in the United States in insurance reimbursement, appropriate educational settings and services and increasing awareness, I have never met anyone who didn't even know what the disorder was.  That wasn't the case during a trip to Nepal that I made with Knowledge for People this summer.  People on the streets would ask why we were visiting the country and have no clue when we tried to explain auti

Why do children refuse to participate in therapy?

I think it's really valuable when professionals and parents make a shift in their thinking where the question changes from "Why won't my child participate in therapy" to "What do I need to do to change the environment so the child wants to learn?"  The responsibility for teaching any skill then becomes the responsibility of the professional and realistically, it's the only position to hold that gives us any power in the teaching situation.  Whenever one of my therapists has difficulty, we look at the following:

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

In thinking about the all the issues possible discuss for Autism Awareness Month, I became overwhelmed.  There are therapeutic issues, family issues, political issues and perhaps most importantly, quality of life issues that affect thousands of individuals with autism, their families and the professionals that serve them.  It seems that so much of the world "just doesn't get it" that we have such a huge and growing population living with a disorder that affects so many aspects of their own lives and the lives of those who love them. 

Evidenced Based Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The National Autism Center has reviewed research in practices commonly used with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Following the  project, they came up with a list of 25 practices that have met stringent research requirements to demonstrate positive effects with specific areas of weakness.  The following is a list of the "Evidenced Based Practices" the have found and the areas for which each area has demonstrated effectiveness.  The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has developed training modules on each of these practices.&nbs

Viewing ABA as a Science

I heard from a colleague that they didn’t “believe in ABA” and I was moved to write this point of view. ABA or “Applied Behavior Analysis” is not a religion. It is not a program. It is a science. I view it as the science of learning. My individual mission in life is to make the biggest difference that I can for children with autism and their families while I am here on earth. To that end, I have spent the last 27 years learning as much as I can from as many people as I can. I have attended trainings in numerous methodologies and have found value in them all.

Do you work with childeren with disorders other than autism?

One question we’ve been frequently asked is whether or not we work with children with communication disorders other than autism.  The answer is a resounding “YES!”  Since the field of speech/language pathology is so diverse, we understand that it is not feasible for every SLP to be an expert in every disorder.  We encourage all of our therapists to choose an area of specialty and learn as much as they can about the area.  We have therapists that gained expertise in apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, childhood language disorders, receptive and expressive language delay


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