20 Ways for SLPs to Celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month
As SLPs, we know a good deal about autism spectrum disorders. Nevertheless, there’s always some new area to explore. Here are some ideas.
- Learn about and from self-advocates with ASD.
- Get inspired to learn more about video modeling and self modeling.
- Enroll in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Autism, like this one by Swinburne University of Technology.
- Learn more about what makes a narrative a social story as opposed to something else by reviewing the guidelines for sentence types.
- Take a ‘real look’ at a speech-language therapy session where the focus is coaching a family member to build play and interaction skills.
- Learn more about the neurodiversity and the neurodiversity movement.
- Share some of the empirical supports for AAC use.
- Learn more about DSM 5.
- Take a ‘real look’ at a family whose child has Down Syndrome and autism.
- Renew your commitment to theoretically sound and empirically supported approaches.
- Examine your vocabulary and reconsider use of terms like low functioning.
- Share Matthew’s communication journey with PECS, core vocabulary, and SGDs.
- Advocate for increased opportunities in supported employment.
- Move beyond ‘autism awareness’ to ‘autism acceptance’ and help others do the same.
- Think about supporting clients in the community
- Take a look at some of the behavioral supports that can be embedded into SGDs, like these.
- Get a perspective from families who experienced ASD across the generations
- Think autism can’t be reliably detected before age 2? Explore some of the research by Dr. Amy Wetherby and her colleagues which suggests that children who don’t have a repertoire of 16 gestures by 16 months of age, they are at risk for ASD.
- Explore some new technologies, like the app I Can Have Conversations with You, Teach Town , or watch a webinar on technology for people with ASD.
- Help families prepare for summer by encouraging them to consider swimming lessons
Filed under: PrAACtical Thinking
This post was written by Carole Zangari