Social Skills

Spectrum Shield: ASD Law Enforcement Training

The Lessons Learned Background On January 11, 2017 I wrote a blog stressing the need for targeted law enforcement training to ensure the safety of young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This was prompted by my participation on a panel discussion...
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ASD and Law Enforcement: Safety First

              The Facts It is estimated that it costs 2.3 million dollars over a lifespan to educate a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the incidence of autism being 1:68, a significant investment is being...
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Attacking Social Interaction Problems Across the Lifespan

In my private practice, we are often asked by our funding sources when our children with ASD will no longer need social skills instruction. I often feel a sense of “indirect or subtle” pressure to discontinue the service and declare that this child...
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Pre-Vocational Summer Camp Counselors

In April, 2013 I wrote an article challenging SLP’s  who work with students with ASD to use our creativity to help our students identify their strengths, interests and even fixations and parlay them into career possibilities (“Gearing Up for...
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Social Skills Programs: Aren’t They All the Same?

The answer is “No. They are absolutely not the same.” It is not uncommon for a parent to enroll their child in a social skills program and then suddenly leave in disappointment. Most often it’s because parents thought that the program was something...
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