Category: Therapy

Episode #15 | CBD Debate

Episode #15 | CBD Debate

Our goal as parents is to help our special needs loved one become the best they can be.  CBD has been a hot debate for many years.  In this podcast we discuss why some parents have elected to give it a try.  Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Difference between CBD and THC varieties
  • Why parents consider using CBD
  • Parent testimonials of using CBD with pharmaceuticals
  • ‘Autism Buffet’ analogy used by Dr. Lauren Swineford
  • Comfort parents feel for being able to try something that might help their child
Episode #10 | AAC Speech Output Devices for Communication

Episode #10 | AAC Speech Output Devices for Communication

My special guest this week is Lauren Swineford, research professor at Washington State University. Dr. Laurie (as we like to call her) is a speech-language pathologist and assistant professor at Washington State University. She earned her PhD at Florida State University and completed her post-doctoral training in the Pediatric and Developmental Neuroscience Branch at the National Institute of Health. She has conducted extensive, longitudinal studies with children with ASD and her clinical and research interests involve the prelinguistic and language development for individuals with ASD.

Dr. Laurie and I dived into the confusing world of AAC communication and what this means for our kids with language disorders.  You’ll learn:

  • What exactly AAC stands for.
  • Why AAC is such a hot topic.
  • The difference between “unaided” systems vs. “aided” systems.
  • Deep discussion on the messy state of research with regard to effectiveness of AAC (specifically with regard to technology based communication programs.)
  • Importance of early intervention and emphasis on functional use of spontaneous communication.
  • Discussion of the National Autism Center report (2015) that evaluated the state of treatment research for individuals with autism and it’s assessment of AAC.
  • Recommendations to parents for what to look for when seeking an AAC assessment.
  • Myths about who would benefit from AAC.
  • Takeaways recommendations for parents on how to view AAC.

***The second half of this podcast is dedicated to specific information regarding Dr. Laurie’s current research projects at WSU. Families with young children starting as early as 9 months of age (with and without concerns of ASD) can be part of her program to help further research on language development in young children. The second project focuses on developing a screen process for assessing language in young children, once it it is present.  This program is for children ages 2 to 12 years of age.

This post will be updated with contact information for research program participation as soon as it is available.

Episode #4 | Changing Therapists

Episode #4 | Changing Therapists

A therapist is a pivotal part of a child’s development.  In this episode, a group of parents join me to discuss the circumstances of when changing therapists becomes appropriate.  We cover in this podcast:

  • Changing therapists when it is not by your choice;
  • When therapy creates trauma;
  • What happens when a therapist’s skills don’t pace with your child’s development;
  • Parent vs therapist personality conflicts;
  • Emotional attachments to a provider vs. the quality of therapy for the needs of the child.

*We apologize for the poor audio quality of this podcast.  Thank you for bearing with us as we upgrade our audio recording equipment.

Episode #2 | How Much Therapy is Enough?

Episode #2 | How Much Therapy is Enough?

Have you ever wondered if you are accessing enough therapy for your child? A group of diverse parents joined me to discuss:

  • Traditional and non-traditional options and why they chose that modality
  • When parents have stopped therapy and why?
  • What constitutes therapy?
  • Timing and finding your therapy season