Create Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors.  They also help to extrapolate information verbal discussion would not decipher. The social context, the behavior, the thought/intent behind the behavior, […]

What Did You Say? What Did You Mean?

What did you say

The ability to understand metaphors can be a challenge for kids with a variety of isms.  Children with autism, Asperger’s or auditory processing isms often have difficulty understanding figurative language.  Children on the autism spectrum tend to use and comprehend language literally and expect words to mean exactly what they say. Children with an auditory […]

Social Skills Groups 101

Social Skills 2

As interest in social skills development has increased, so has the understanding that some children have more difficulty than others decoding the various social cues that many of us take for granted.  We have begun to appreciate that many children who are struggling socially do so not because they are “attention seeking” or because they […]

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Kids with Isms Can Benefit by Using Lists


My world is full of lists. I have them on my walls and whiteboards at work, on papers at home and scattered through synchronized computer systems, including my mobile phone, computer, iPad, print outs.  My lists are everywhere. Lists serve many functions. They help us to plan and prioritize our tasks and our day. They […]

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An iPad is a Great Tool for Individuals with Special Needs

ipad and apps for special needs

I remember when  first came out. My dad was the first one in my family to get one. I didn’t want one; I felt like it was silly because I had an iPod Touch which could do the same things as the  and was smaller. Well, after playing on my dad’s  more and more I […]

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Talking Train App

talking train

Do you know a child who tells too much information? Goes on and on and on (and on)? Goes off topic? One who doesn’t ask questions of their peers? Can’t put events in order? Can’t create simple stories? Well we know lots of kids that struggle with these skills, and we have developed a tool […]

Combining American Sign Language and PECS


“My child’s speech therapist wants to introduce PECS (picture exchange systems) while my ABA lead therapist wants to stick to modified sign language. My child already knows very limited sign language that is unique to my child’s needs. The therapists are arguing that ‘their’ method will lead to faster vocalization. PECS is universal. Where my […]

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Autism and Communication: An Interview with Sondra Williams


Communication is difficult for many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Even verbal individuals with Autism can struggle with communication. It is important to remember that there is more to communication than being able to speak. I am very verbal and enjoy talking to people every chance I get. Yet I still struggle with communication. […]

Drill, Baby, Drill!


Drill, baby, drill! That can be the first instinct when you are a parent of a child with a communication or language disorder.  When that child is nonverbal and you so desparately want that child to be verbal.  To talk. When J-man was still nonverbal, I dreamed about hearing him say even the most mundane […]

Enhance Social Skills with Story Telling

Social Stories

JJ, my 22-year-old with ASD, was taught everyday social skills visually as a child through the form of story telling. In 1991, Carol Gray created “Social Stories” as a vehicle to teach social skills to children on the spectrum. Originally fueled by grassroots enthusiasm, she later confirmed this technique as an evidenced-base practice, and earned […]

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