This podcast brings listeners the inside view of our autism community and how passionately we all work for the same mission - to better understand autism together.
Come along with me in this blog, as I take the journey into creating a podcast full of the voices of these wonderful people.
Barbara and Pam discuss the notion that children are not being bad when they exhibit a challenging behavior. They delve deeper into one specific case that Pam brings up where a child is being characterized as choosing to engage in difficult behaviors or is “being bad”. They talk through how they support families and school teams to move past that thinking to understand that behavior is communication. Barb's main website: www.synergyautismcenter.com Pam's main website: www.pjsconsultation.com
Here are few resources we shared and/or eluded to during our conversation and/or ones that we find immensely helpful in our work:
Lives in Balance (wrote Collaborative Problem Solving which he has since renamed Collaborative and Proactive Solutions)
Well known speaker, advocate, and specialist in autism and livestock handling. She is extremely well known and respected for her ability to share the “inside view” of autism, as an adult with autism. She has several books and we will provide her website:
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Turns out we were both right! Or we were both wrong? Many people trace the quote back to Einstein but apparently, there is no proof that he actually said it. It IS widely used, as Pam suggested, in recovery programs. For more discussion on the origins (or non-origins) of the quote, you can read more here:
Some good ideas for changing habits and what it takes to change them. He dives into how we develop habits, how triggers and routines continue them, and then how to create new ones. This is a nice introduction into how setting events, rewards and consequences all shape behavior (the basis of many autism interventions)
Hello and welcome to another episode of our wonderful Synergy Autism Podcast.
Today, I am chatting with my good friend and colleague, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. She was working with a classroom team in one of her trainings who was perplexed as to what to do for and with a child who dives under the table at the end of the day.
Listen in as we "unpack" what to do in the middle of the storm but then also how to return to the issue to teach and support in different ways. We explore what to do to:
Engage your whole classroom team in decreasing stressors
Engage a parent who is there to pick up the child
An extra special thank you to Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak for another great question for us to discuss and share with you.
A couple of our favorite resources we mentioned during this podcast:
Listen in to episode 10 where Barbara Avila and Kristie Pretti-Frontczak discuss a question Kristie got from the field (early childhood preschool classrooms)....
What do you do when a child will only be held and will "meltdown" if put down onto the floor, a chair, or elsewhere? How can that child be successful and how can I run a classroom when I am having to hold a child all day!?
When a child says "NO WAY!" verbally or through their behavior - what do you do?!?
What IEP or IFSP can you possibly write?
What do you do when they refuse to join?
In this podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Kristi Pretti-Fronczak. We answer a question from one of her ECSE teams about a child who just won't join the group or any other activity for that matter. The team wants to know how to teach and what IEP/IFSP goals to write when this happens. Listen in as we hash this one out together!
In this episode of the Synergy Autism Podcast, Kristie and I chat about a child who seems to eat constantly. Kristie travels the United States providing professional development trainings for early childhood classrooms and was asked about a child with autism who is featured in this episode. We do not use names or identifying information.
Listen in for a few tips and ideas for connecting with a child with similar issues and to connect home and school surrounding eating concerns and/or needs.
Jonathan Chase is an autism advocate, musician, magician and now an author. Please listen in to this wonderful conversation with Jonathan about his life, his mission to help students in schools today and in the future. His new book is called From Surviving to Thriving: Classroom Accommodations for Students on the Spectrum and can be purchased on Amazon HERE.