Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

What is picture exchange communication system (PECS)? Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a functional communication system in which allows children with ASD to express in an alternative way through pictures. PECS are used as an intervention for children with ASD who either have no expressive language or have very limited expressive language. Personally, IContinue reading “Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)”

Interview with Sara Bradford on SJ Childs Show and author of children books about Inclusion

What is inclusion? Inclusion is focusing on needs of every individual and ensuring rights are in place for people to achieve their fullest potential in life. No matter who people are and where they come from, they are respected and accepted in the world. Now allow me to share the next guest of my guestContinue reading “Interview with Sara Bradford on SJ Childs Show and author of children books about Inclusion”

Interview with Paul Silver on self-advocacy and college

Did you know self-advocacy is important in life, including in college? Self-advocacy is a foundation towards success in life. In a college setting, self-advocacy allows students to advocate for their own education needs. For example, a student goes to the disability services in their first year of college to get accommodations and modifications they needContinue reading “Interview with Paul Silver on self-advocacy and college”

Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)

What is a behavior intervention plan (BIP)? A behavior intervention plan (BIP) is a written plan for addressing individual needs of students. There are nine components of a behavior intervention plan (BIP). Shepherd and Linn (2014) share the nine components within a behavior intervention plan (BIP): a target behavior definition, attempted interventions, summary of FBA,Continue reading “Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)”

Environment and visual supports for Autistics

Modifications can be made to create a positive and supportive environment for people with ASD. Environmental and visual supports are modifications used in any school, home, and community setting, in order to help autistics grow and develop. Environmental supports organize and structure physical spaces in homes, schools, and communities. Some environmental supports used for AutisticsContinue reading “Environment and visual supports for Autistics”

Instructional Strategies for teaching Autistics

What are some strategies for teaching autistics? After receiving my ASD diagnosis around the age of two, my parents got me early intervention services. My early intervention services included all kinds of therapies, in which I received seven days a week. Evidence-based practices were applied, which helped me tremendously. Today, I apply evidence-based practices intoContinue reading “Instructional Strategies for teaching Autistics”

Eye Contact

Do our eyes tell so much about ourselves? Eye contact is a form of non-speaking communication between people by demonstrating emotions. Poor or lack of eye contact is one of the signs/symptoms of Autism. My parents shared with me that I lacked eye contact for a very long time. It took me a long timeContinue reading “Eye Contact”

Interview with Marcus Boyd on Autism Activist and Music

What is an autism activist? An autism activist is someone who advocates for rights of autistic people. An autism activist believes in helping autistics who have less than they do and provide services for better outcomes in life. Special interests can guide autistic people into becoming their own activists and advocates in the world. NowContinue reading “Interview with Marcus Boyd on Autism Activist and Music”

Early Detections of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Have you ever had a feeling that something was different? After I turned one years old, my parents noticed I was not making regular developmental milestones compared to my older sister, Samantha. This was back when my family and I were living in Brooklyn, NY. The Child Mind Institute (n.d.), shares some developmental milestones infantsContinue reading “Early Detections of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”

Interview with Timothy Rohrer on Disability Inclusion

What is disability inclusion? The CDC (n.d) shares the meaning of disability inclusion as allowing individuals with disabilities be part of society just like everyone else. Examples of disability inclusion includes the following: individuals with disabilities being employed in the workplace, participating in school clubs and activities, playing in games and sports in the community,Continue reading “Interview with Timothy Rohrer on Disability Inclusion”