Sunday, April 4, 2021



April 21, 2021     11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Given the significant increase in the incidence of learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) over the past decade, most if not all school-based Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) will have students with ASD diagnoses on their caseload. Further, it has become increasingly common for behavior analysts to be members of the educational team. 

As such, it is not only important that SLPs be able to collaborate effectively with all team members, but also use the strategies derived from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to strengthen our own treatment and assessment protocols. This presentation will provide an overview of ABA through exploration of the Pyramid Approach to Education. This unique, functional approach to ABA will give SLPs the tools and information for practical application of ABA to speech and language therapy.

This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs, which will be provided by PECS.  Two OPI Renewal Units will also be provided. 

You can find more information here. (Note that times show are EST.)

Registration has closed, as we have more responses than we have funding available. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Autism Masking: To Blend or Not to Blend

Masking, which is also called camouflaging or compensating, is a social survival strategy. How it looks will vary from person to person, but masking can include behaviors like these:

  • forcing or faking eye contact during conversations
  • imitating smiles and other facial expressions
  • mimicking gestures
  • hiding or minimizing personal interests
  • developing a repertoire of rehearsed responses to questions
  • scripting conversations
  • disguising stimming behaviors (hiding a jiggling foot or trading a preferred movement for one that’s less obvious)

People may mask autism for a variety of reasons, such as: 

  • feeling safe and avoiding stigma
  • avoiding mistreatment or bullying
  • succeeding at work
  • attracting a romantic partner
  • making friends and other social connections
  • fitting in or feeling a sense of belonging

What are the stages of autism masking?

Read more here at Healthline.  

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Introduces A New Autistic Character Named Max

A new friend is coming to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The popular animated series on PBS Kids recently introduced viewers to Max, an autistic boy who is the nephew of Teacher Harriet. Voiced by a 13-year-old autistic boy, Max will make his big debut in April. 

Max will join the little tiger and his friends in the classroom on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on April 5. As a young autistic boy, Max is sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds, and sometimes has trouble meeting new friends. The show will follow Daniel and his friends, including Max’s big sister Amira, as they learn to find ways to keep their environment calm for him so they can all play together.

Read more here at Romper.

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