The Autism Helper Podcast

33 EpisodesProduced by The Autism Helper

Welcome to The Autism Helper Podcast, where we explore different strategies to improve the lives of individuals with autism.

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Episode 33: Work (Step 6 in the 7 Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Room)

July 15th, 2019


Now let's get to the meat and potatoes of your classroom. When setting up your class, what curriculum and activities do you need to ensure your …

Episode 32: Data (Step 5 in the 7 Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Room)

July 1st, 2019


Yes - data collection needs its own step in the classroom setup process because it is that important. Data should be the backbone of your classroom.  …

Episode 31: Visuals (Step 4 in the 7 Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Room)

June 17th, 2019


In this episode, we review how to set up visuals in your classroom in a way that is purposeful and effective. You want only the visuals that are …

Episode 30: Schedules (Step 3 in the 7 Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Room)

June 3rd, 2019


Schedules are a must have for every classroom because they are functional. We all use schedules! In step 3 of the Seven Steps for Setting a Stellar …

Episode 29: Classroom Structure (Step 2 in the 7 Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Room)

May 27th, 2019


Why is structure important? A structured environment decreases negative behaviors, lessens student anxiety, increases independence, and improves student independence. And guess what? It also helps you manage and lead …

Episode 28: Organization and Planning (Step 1 in the 7 Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Room)

May 20th, 2019


Step 1 in the Seven Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Classroom: Organization and Planning. Don’t be tempted to skip this step. The classroom …

Episode 27: Interview with Dr. Mary Barbera, BCBA

May 13th, 2019


Dr. Mary Barbera is a best selling author, BCBA, and autism mom. In this episode, I chat with Mary about her journey into the autism world. She shares the story of her son’s diagnosis, how she learned about ABA, and …

Episode 26: Conversation With Shannon Penrod of Autism Live

May 6th, 2019


Shannon Penrod is a parent of a child with autism and a true advocate. She is the host of Autism Live a YouTube channel where she shares her experiences on parenting and ABA as well as interviews many experts in the …

Episode 25: Discussing School Readiness with Shira and Shayna from How to ABA

April 29th, 2019


BCBAs Shira Gaunt and Shayna Karpel discuss school readiness and all that it entails. Shira and Shayna are from How to ABA and the Bx Resource. …

Episode 24: April Q&A

April 22nd, 2019


In this Q and A episode, listener questions are answered in detail! I share my advice for those wanting to become BCBA and the process I took in that endeavor. Next, I discuss strategies for keeping the noise level of …

Episode 23: Talking All Things DATA with Christine Reeve

April 15th, 2019


In this episode, Dr. Christine Reeve and I discuss best practices for data collection. Chris is a BCBA with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She has …

Episode 22: What Your Classroom Can Learn from the Business World

April 8th, 2019


A successful business thrives off of productivity, efficiency, and effective team management. In this episode learn how to apply popular  business …

Episode 21: Is Your Literacy Program Functional?

April 1st, 2019


Functional means designed to have practical use and used to development of a larger whole. Is your literacy instruction hitting these two things? In …

Episode 20: Call with Leanne Page of

March 25th, 2019


In this episode, learn how BCBA Leanne Page incorporates her knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis into her daily parenting life. Leanne shares easy to understand action items that parents, teachers, or clinicians can …

Episode 19: Time Out: New School vs. Old School

March 18th, 2019


Rethink your ideas about time out. Instead of viewing this intervention as harsh and aversive instead reframe time out as “time away from reinforcement.” When used in the correct situations, this strategy can be …

Episode 18: 7 Limiting Beliefs that EFF with Your Day

March 11th, 2019


A limiting belief is a little voice in your head that negatively shapes your behavior and your path to success. The first step to change is becoming aware of your own limiting beliefs and then reframe your way of …

Episode: 17 Q&A March '19

March 4th, 2019


In this Q&A episode, I answer commonly asked questions sourced through social media and my email. We discuss how to approach situations with parents who don’t agree with a behavior plan and how to reframe the way …

Episode 16: How Visuals Lead to Independence (hint: there’s more to it than you think!)

February 25th, 2019


If you are in the special ed world, utilizing visuals isn’t a new concept. You are probably an expert on how and why using visuals is important. But let’s go one level deeper. The goal for all of our students and kids …

Episode 15: Why Pinpointing Behaviors Will Improve Your Instruction - Chat with Brigid McCormick

February 18th, 2019


In this episode, Brigid McCormick, BCBA shares valuable ways to improve your instruction, decrease your staff training time, and increase the overall enjoyment of learning all by spending time pinpointing behaviors. …

Episode 14: The 5 Mistakes I Made as a First Year Teacher

February 11th, 2019


Learn from my missteps during my first year in the classroom. In this episode, I share 5 major mistakes that wreaked havoc on my first year and how you can avoid these.

Trying to “do it all” really never works but it …

Episode 13: You are Your Classroom's Publicist

February 4th, 2019


Back in the day as a new teacher, I thought the bulk of my job would be actually teaching my students. I was so wrong. This job encompasses so much …

Episode 12: I Don't Negotiate, Except That I Do

January 28th, 2019


My name is Sasha and I am a problem behavior causer. As a parent and a teacher, I have caused increases in problem behaviors. This happens because I negotiate, I give in, or I give attention. And guess what? This works …

Episode 11: Tips for IEP Meeting with Chrissy Kelly

January 21st, 2019


In this episode, I interview Chrissy Kelly of Life with Greyon & Parker. Chrissy is a parent to two boys with autism. She is a dedicated advocate and has a high level of knowledge in special education and applied …

Episode 10: Lesson Plan Pep Talk

January 14th, 2019


Let's talk about decision fatigue. Making decision after decision all day can be exhausting and mentally draining. Lesson planning not only helps …

Episode 9: Why I Hate the Phrase "Busy Work"

January 8th, 2019


Sometimes independent work tasks are mistakenly thought of as "busy work." Busy work implies something that has the main purpose of being kept …

Episode 8: The IKEA Effect; How Staff Involvement Build Buy-In

December 31st, 2018


It's happened to all of us. We went to IKEA, picked out the perfect $22 shelf, and proceeded to spend 5 hours putting it together. That shelf is now held together by masking tape but has made move after move with you …

Episode 7: Q&A Session

December 24th, 2018


In this episode, I answer commonly asked questions pulled from emails, social media, and blog comments. Some highlights: I discuss how to streamline …

Episode 6: Handling Student Aggression

December 17th, 2018


All behavior is communication - even behavior that is disruptive, dangerous, and aggressive. Those behaviors are communicating something and they are communicating it loudly. While you are in the process of finding and …

Episode 5: Navigating Sensory Needs During the Holiday Season

December 10th, 2018


In this episode, Katie, an Occupational Therapist, shares tips and strategies for navigating the overwhelming sensory experiences that can come along …

Episode 2: Growth Mindset for the Special Educator

November 20th, 2018


With a growth mindset, effort and hard work are your keys to success. Failure and struggle are part of the process and the journey. As a special education teacher, parent, or professional, having a growth mindset is …

Episode 4: Chatting with Gina about the Big Impact of Small Changes

November 20th, 2018


Gina is part of The Autism Helper team and our resident preschool teacher. Gina and I chat about the process of building a new program program from …

Episode 3: Staff Training Pt II

November 20th, 2018


So you've been sold on this whole idea that staff training is important. Cool. Now how do you exactly go about doing that? What's the best way to …

Episode 1: Staff Training

November 20th, 2018


Why do we forget about one of the most important parts of our job? Staff training doesn't seem to be a high priority on a day to day basis but it's actually what will give you the biggest bang for your buck when it …

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