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)