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.

Episodes

May 24, 2022 42 min

Table time is an integral part of my Turn Autism Around approach that differs from other providers and approaches. If you’re curious on how to start table time, what it’s all about, or maybe you’re really struggling with it now that you’ve started, you need to listen to these frequently asked questions. Community Manager, Kelsey General, joins me to ask these top questions from our community all about table time.

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Last week we re-broadcasted episode 3, where Kelsey General, our community manager, first shared her journey with her two boys and applying my techniques and approach. Now it’s three years later, Kelsey is more involved than ever in our community and is back to share an update on Brentley and Lincoln. If you haven't yet, be sure to listen to last week's episode and then join us for this awesome update on the progress Kelsey...

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Enjoy this look back at episode 3, where Kelsey General first shared her autism journey with her sons, Brentley and Lincoln. She talks about early signs, the M-Chat, finding therapy, tackling severe safety concerns, and what she did when therapy just wasn’t working. Since discovering our community and courses, Kelsey has become the captain of her ship and seen incredible progress in both her sons, allowing her family to lead a happ...

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When grandparents are able to collaborate with their families for the benefit of a child, it is really amazing. In this hot seat, I am talking with Grandma Tina about her 2 and a half year old Grandson Wyatt, diagnosed with Global Delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder before the age of 2. We are going over Wyatt's One-Page Assessment and some of the struggles they are facing despite some great progress already. 

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The recent changes made to the CDC Developmental Milestones are not a cause for concern as shown recently on social media. This important interview with Dr. Cheryl Tierney explains the research and experts involved in the change, what the change really means, and why this milestone surveillance is so important for identifying delays in young children. Dr. Cheryl Tierney also debunks a viral myth, are COVID restrictions causing wide...

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A child is only as healthy as their caregiver, this is Jess Ronne’s motivation to support caregivers of special needs families. Jess is an author, documentary producer, podcaster and mother of 8. In this interview, she shares her story and caregiver advocacy journey. Jess has great advice, ideas, and tips on how we can come together to rally around an often unseen community.

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Kelsey General, Community Manager,  joins me again on the podcast to tackle the top 5 questions on common behavior problems. As a mom of two boys diagnosed with autism, she has great insight and perspective. We provide examples and resources, as we talk about behavior prevention and keeping kids safe among serious behavior concerns.

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From the creator of Finding Cooper’s Voice, comes the book Forever Boy. Kate Swenson joins me for the second time on the Turn Autism Around podcast to share her new book, available now. Forever Boy is an autism memoir about Kate’s real experiences navigating parenting and life with her son Cooper, pre-diagnosis and beyond. Kate shares a beautiful excerpt in today’s interview, along with some insight on the inspiration behind the bo...

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Timeouts, punishment, and threats of punishment are an overused and ineffective strategy for changing problem behavior. Today, I am sharing the three big reasons timeouts do not work. I cover the base level problems with punishment, discipline, and why I do not recommend these strategies. You can find out more about this topic in my brand new online mini course, No More Time Out.

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"Sign Here", you may have heard your child say with a loose leaf scribbled contract in hand to get something they desire. This is actually a research based tool that you can use to get real change and meet real goals. Today I am interviewing Dr. William Heward and Dr. Jill Dardig, authors of the book, Let's Make a Contract, a family friendly book about changing your child's behavior in a positive way. We get into wh...

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Do you have a toddler who was recently diagnosed with ASD? Elissa M is in the hot seat to share her beginnings of early intervention with her 2 and a half-year-old Lexi. After reading my book, Turn Autism Around, and working on my online Toddler Course, Elissa is ready to review Lexi’s assessments and discuss how her therapy is going and what Lexi’s future therapy may look like for Early Intervention ABA. Not only do we discuss all...

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Are there signs that can lead to an early diagnosis of autism? In chapter two of my book, Turn Autism Around, I discuss possible warning signs for autism. I am going over these 10 signs in today's episode. These signs include lack of pointing, speech delays, and many more. Having these signs does not automatically mean autism but even without a diagnosis they can be worked on to help your child with my proven four-step approach...

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Research and new research conducted by practitioners working within the field is critical to the development of practice and the betterment of our children. In this interview with Dr. Amber Valentino of Trumpet Behavior Health, we are discussing applied research, the importance of conducting studies, the barriers for practitioners, and getting published. We discuss some of my own peer-reviewed journal articles and other studies I&#...

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Can language skills truly improve and excel through ABA and my online courses? Michele C of episode 78 returns for a progress update on her daughter Elena. We discuss the improvement that can occur through the effective implementation of my online course, how ABA therapy works with strong parent advocacy, and if it's possible to reverse an autism diagnosis? Michele is the captain of the ship when it comes to her daughters, thei...

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Mandy Mason is a powerhouse mom of two daughters, BCBA, and CEO and Founder of FIT Learning in Australia. In this interview, she shares her journey with her youngest daughter's diagnosis and how that has morphed her career and life. We discuss Australia and how it relates to autism rates, finding a diagnosis, and ABA. This episode has great advice for parents and professionals and unique insight on autism across the globe. 

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Can an individual have both Down Syndrome and Autism? In this interview with Angela Lee, we discuss how these diagnoses often go hand in hand, the therapies for both, and Angela’s unique approach to encouraging more employment opportunities for this community. This is a great episode from a Mother, BCBA, and advocate in the special needs community. 

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Safety is a big concern for the Turn Autism Around podcast. Captain Jerry Turning of Blue Bridge Training shares valuable information on the community of autism parents and first responders. Jerry is an autism dad and former police officer, he understands parents' concerns because he is a parent. We discuss a variety of safety issues for children with autism and how parents can approach and trust law enforcement with their chil...

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Children with autism often present feeding and drinking issues, coupled with weaning off pacifiers and bottles, this can create stress for families surrounding mealtime. In today’s episode, Melanie Potock, SLP and feeding expert, shares some great resources and knowledge surrounding tackling picky eating and weaning. It is her goal to bring joy back to eating and mealtime while promoting positive oral development and motor skills, ...

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My book The Verbal Behavior Approach is now published in 15 languages. Out for over a decade, this book is reaching all over the world to spread successful strategies for teaching kids with autism. In today’s episode, listen to me share live via zoom with Lithuanian readers all about my background and start with the Verbal Behavior Approach.

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For the autism community, potty issues are both common and extremely frustrating. In this interview with pediatric urologist and constipation expert, Dr. Steve Hodges shares how most potty issues are caused or related to missed constipation. We talk about this severe medical issue and the treatments necessary to relieve your child and prevent accidents.

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