Turn Autism Around

Turn Autism Around

Dr. Mary Barbera, autism mom, BCBA-D, RN, best-selling author of The Verbal Behavior Approach, and online course creator discusses autism from several different angles for both parents as well as medical, educational, and behavioral professionals. Each week we discuss autism ideas to improve the lives of your children or clients and also cover how to help you be less stressed and live a happier life. Topics include the early signs of autism, the chances of autism recovery, the importance of autism treatment, especially the use of ABA and the Verbal Behavior Approach in toddlers through teens. In each episode, we discuss problem behaviors including reducing stimming and scripting as well as handling self-injurious behavior and aggression. Some shows also cover the medical aspects of autism including topics such as PANS/PANDAS as well as supplement and medication use for kids on the spectrum. There are financial implications and political aspects of autism that we talk about too. So, whether you're a parent or other relative of a child with autism, or an autism professional such as a behavior analyst, nurse, physician, speech pathologist, or teacher, you’re going to want to listen and subscribe! Learn more at www.marybarbera.com.... Show More

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March 2, 2021 34 min

Is it possible that your child’s delays are simply part of the “COVID Kid” phenomenon? Casey C  wasn’t interested in having her concerns brushed off by her provider, so when they told her that her son’s regression was normal, she started looking for answers herself.

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How will you know if your child is making meaningful progress in their therapy program? In this podcast, learn how to make realistic goals that are tailored to meet your child at their level, and that are designed to help them steadily improve.

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When parents and professionals collaborate to create a therapy plan, they’re able to powerfully amplify the work that they do alone. Ria and Kristen have worked together to help Ria’s son adjust and thrive with ABA therapy, and in the last year have seen rapid improvements in his language and behavior.

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At twenty-three months old, Eileen’s son wasn’t even talking. Concerned about his development, she took him to a pediatric specialist who shrugged off her concerns about OT and speech therapy. Like many parents, Eileen’s insistence on better therapy services immediately has yielded a marked improvement in her son’s speech.

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For parents who need advice on how to take the next step in their journey with autism, I offer some insights on how to move forward. It can be tempting to see a child’s progress and then try to move on quickly to the next level, but I want you to avoid mistakes that will hinder your child’s long-term development.

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An assessment provides a clear outline of where a child with autism is at, what skills they’re going to work on, and how effective the therapy is for the child. I share my one-page assessment today from my newest book so that you can see how effective assessments can be.

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I’m on a mission to change the way autism is detected and treated for millions of people around the world. I wrote Turn Autism Around: An Action Guide for Parents of Young Children with Early Signs of Autism to help empower parents who are waiting for a diagnosis or therapy so that they could stop waiting and start helping their children today.

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When Shelley Brander’s son was diagnosed with autism over twenty years ago, it was like the Wild West in the autism world. With no online autism parenting groups, and with no clear standards on ABA therapy, Shelley set about helping her son regain his speech and learn to integrate into the school.

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If you’re ready to close the door on 2020 and recalibrate your mindset, then let’s talk about the steps you need to take to release your old belief system and embrace an abundance mindset. Julie Cairns has helped tens of thousands of people all over the world to walk away from self-limiting beliefs and embrace a new outlook on life.

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I tackled a lot of issues in this year’s 52 Turn Autism Around podcast episodes, and I interviewed some amazing success stories from the autism community. My top ten list includes my own personal favorites, as well as my listeners’ favorites as well. I am excited for 2021 and the opportunities we’ll have to grow this community even more.

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If you don’t know where the disconnects lie in your marriage, the stressors in your life will show you very quickly. Donna Tosky teaches couples how to repair, renew, and sustain marriages and partnerships in families where at least one child has autism.

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Turning screen time into constructive screen time that becomes a valuable tool in a child with autism’s speech therapy is one of the goals of Speech Blubs. I talked with founder Mitja Mavsar about the positive role his speech development app has for children who have a variety of speech issues.

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There’s a difference between looking at a child’s behavior as a professional behavior analyst and looking at it as a parent of a neuro-diverse child. Holly Blanc Moses has a clear look into both perspectives as she’s both a parent and a professional BCBA. In this episode, Holly shares what it’s like to be both a parent and a professional, how she diagnoses a child who might have ADHD or autism or both and how she copes with the cha...

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For this special 100th episode, I am talking with a panel of parents and professionals about how they’ve used and adapted my courses to teach children with autism self-care skills like eating, potty training, getting dressed, chores, and schoolwork. When parents and professionals work together, they can help a child reach their fullest potential using techniques that build on each other.

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For Black families, stigma and bias play an outsized role in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, and Maria Davis-Pierre wants to change that by opening up the conversation in Black communities and with health professionals.

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There are three common mistakes parents and professionals make when teaching a child with autism manners. It can feel natural to prompt a child with “Say ‘Thank you!’”, but for a child with autism, the timing of when manners are taught matters just as much as the language ability of the child and the prompts that are used to elicit language.

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Everyone feels useful and productive through a job, but for the autism community, where nearly 80% of them are unemployed, it can be hard to break through that barrier and enjoy that feeling. Ann Marie Sullivan’s company Spectrum Works seeks to be that bridge between unemployment and productive employment for the autism community.

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Deciding on whether an in-home ABA program or a school-based ABA program is the best course of action can be a difficult decision for any family to navigate, especially since the decision can impact the entire family. I’m going to explain some of the considerations you’ll need to take into account as you make this decision for your child with autism.

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As the reigning Miss Tampa and the runner-up to Miss Florida, Rachel Barcellona has created a platform for herself to positively share about her own journey with autism. But as a child, Rachel
often felt like an alien from outer space who was sent to visit an Earth middle school. She shares her beautiful story about how she’s used beauty pageants to become a confident ambassador for her community.

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How long should you go hiding spinach in brownies just to get a picky eater to eat some kind of vegetable? How much milk or juice should a child consume in a day? At some point, baked goods cannot be the only way your child eats a fruit or vegetable and a quart of juice a day isn’t optimal for many reasons, but making that transition into healthy eating for children with autism is a careful process.

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