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Are you a Speech Pathologist for
students with Autism
or related communication needs?

If you are a Speech Pathologist for autism, you are in exactly the right place.

Do you provide support for young children or older students with autism, Asperger’s or related communication needs?

I have tools that will help you accomplish your goals.

The SLP provides critically important support for this population. The SLP Toolbox must address a range of needs to:

  • Develop functional communication
  • Support social participation
  • Manage behavior situations
  • Help students gain the skills necessary to participate effectively in their life opportunities
  • Plus lots more. . . .
  • Whew! That's a lot!

    These students have a lot of needs in the social/communication domain.

    To accomplish these goals, the Speech Therapist can provide support for students in a variety of ways including:

  • Working directly with students to accomplish specific goals
  • Providing input for home routines or classroom learning activities to enhance communication
  • Helping parents, teachers, and others become more effective communication partners with those on the autism spectrum
  • Everyone who spends time with these students can benefit from learning a few simple techniques with visual strategies to improve communication interactions.

    It's not an "either - or" choice

    No matter what other therapies or training techniques the SLP uses to accomplish goals with students, visual strategies should become a part of their communication environment . . . their communication system.

    Visual strategies, including high tech tools, low tech supports, video, Social StoriesTM,  and AAC are some of the powerful tools in the SLP Toolbox for helping students achieve communication success as they participate in their life activities.

    My books and training materials will help you keep your toolbox full.

    Plus one more thing. . . .

    Here’s a really, really important part of what the SLP needs to do.

    Do you know what people ask me more than anything else?

    When people attend my workshops or view my webinars they get excited about new ideas they can use with their students. It’s contagious.

    This is my most common question. . . .

    It goes something like this:

    “OK Linda, I understand how important visual strategies are for our students on the autism spectrum.  I get it."

    "But how do I get  “___________”  to use visual strategies?"

    (Fill in the blank with names or people in the child’s life.)

    “How can I get them to understand how important the visual tools are to help that child succeed?”

    visual-boy doesn't understand teacher

    Have you ever felt like that?  You're not alone!

    Once you realize how important visual supports are for your students, it becomes obvious where they can be used to help with those snags and complications that pop up in daily life.

    I share tools that have helped me help other communication partners solve some of those communication challenges. I realize that what I do personally with a student is just a small part of his or her communication life. All those other people in the life of that student are his or her communication partners.

    If I can influence other communication partners in that student’s life to meet the needs of that student in some unique ways with visual supports, everyone will benefit. That's YOUR goal, too.