Tag - Autism


“Not Now” Doesn’t Mean “Never” – Parent Expectations in the Context of Child Development

By: Nicole Beurkens, PhD My husband and I had three sons when our daughter joined our family. I was thrilled with the idea of finally being able to put one of my children in dresses, buy cute little shoes, and do her hair. After three boys, it was time for me to have another female …


What Should I Do When My Child With Autism is Anxious?

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed. Anxiety can be debilitating for many individuals, especially those affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Last month, I shared specific symptoms and changes in behavior to consider when determining whether or not your child or student is anxious. Now that you know what to look for in relation to anxiety …


Slowing Down to Speed Up

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP Why does it seem that everything has to be done at warp speed these days?  Everyone is in a rush to get where they are going and to do what needs to be done.  It seems the older a person gets, the faster the years fly by.  Is it because …


Prioritizing Needs and Treatment for Children with Autism

I recently had a parent refer to the many needs of her daughter in this way: “It’s like there are three floors of the house burning! Where do we start and which level do we fight the fire on first?” This provides an excellent visual metaphor for determining priorities in treatment. When a child has …


Building Competence

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP Competence is a word I use a lot in my day to day work with families as an CORE Approach consultant. Not many sessions go by in which we don’t talk about their child’s feelings of competence or incompetence. Many people do not stop to think about feelings of competence …


12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. Working with parents and educators for over a decade has taught me some important lessons about what it means to provide a meaningful education to students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is easy …


Language Processing

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC SLP Over the course of the last month, I have been doing some renewed thinking on language processing. With this reflection, I have come to realize that I take processing for granted so often that I wonder just how much gets missed on a day to day basis. If we …


What is Remediation?

What is Remediation? By: Nicole Beurkens, PhD The word “remediation” is very important in the work my colleagues and I do with families affected by autism and other neuro-developmental disabilities, but it is a word that is unfamiliar to many people. I thought I would take a moment this week to talk about what remediation …


Valuing Others – Reflections on an Incident in a Kindergarten Classroom

When we hear about things on the news, read them in the paper, or listen to the latest gossip from friends or colleagues, there is a tendency to jump to conclusions and make assumptions about the people involved. I try to keep in mind that there are always two sides (at least) to every story. …


Core Deficits

Each time I review the core deficits of autism with a new family I feel like I get a deeper understanding of them myself. I recently reviewed them with a family and as I was doing that I started thinking of new and different ways to explain them. I’m not sure if every consultant has …

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