Making Schedules for Kids on the Spectrum

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Making Schedules for Kids on the Spectrum Note Free to share with link back to learnplaythrive.com Copyright 2018 Learn Play Thrive, PLLC Therapists, dive deep into how to make a schedule and so much more in The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism, an online self-study course open for registration 4 times per year. Browse […]

The Best Therapy is Usually Simple

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The Best Therapy is Usually Simple Sometimes doing therapy can feel like a performance. You plan this beautiful hour, orchestrate it, and then wait for your applause and bow… …and then the parents take their child back to regular life. Which is no performance at all. It’s rich and complicated and messy. And, usually, rushed. […]

Why Sensory and Fine Motor Aren’t Enough

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Why Sensory and Fine Motor Aren’t Enough Here’s a scenario that happens to me a lot: A family comes to see me. They say, “Well we have another OT, but they’ve been working on stacking blocks and coloring for months. He doesn’t know how to play with other kids, screams every time I try to […]

Getting Unstuck with Self-Calming for Autism

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Getting Unstuck with Self-Calming for Autism When we work with kids on the autism spectrum, we often find that self-regulation is challenging. Our young clients begin to get upset and don’t have the skills they need to wind back down again. Many of us know strategies that we think would help, but we have trouble […]

The #1 Reason OTs Feel Ineffective with Kids On the Autism Spectrum

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The #1 Reason OTs Feel Ineffective with Kids On the Autism Spectrum Most OTs want so badly to make a real impact in the lives of the people we work with. We want to feel like what we are doing matters for our kids and their families, that it is effective, and that our time […]

3 Essential Types of Visual Supports To Help Kids On the Autism Spectrum Succeed

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3 Essential Types of Visual Supports To Help Kids On the Autism Spectrum Succeed Many parents and therapists have heard by now that visual supports can help kids make sense of their instructions. We know that receptive language, or making sense of what they hear, is difficult for our kids on the autism spectrum, and […]

Rethinking Hand-Over-Hand Assistance for Kids On the Autism Spectrum

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Rethinking Hand-Over-Hand Assistance for Kids On the Autism Spectrum Somewhere along the line, many of us got the idea that our goal as therapists is to get our kids to reach their therapy goals. With that in mind, many of us dive in and do what it takes. Do we need to tell them what […]

A Confident OT: What It Looks Like & How to Get There

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A Confident OT: What It Looks Like & How to Get There Three Indispensable Steps to Becoming a Truly Confident Therapist The Long Road to Get Here At some point in our careers, most of us turn a corner: we no longer feel like we are “faking” our clinical skills, we don’t spend hours preparing […]

Creating Autism Interventions that Promote Flexibility:

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Creating Autism Interventions that Promote Flexibility: Your Ultimate Guide​ One thing we know about the learning style of people on the autism spectrum is that there is often a strong adherence to routines. This can sometimes really work to their advantage. Imagine the child who always comes into the classroom, hangs their backpack, washes their […]

Rethinking Reinforcers for Autism

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Rethinking Reinforcers for Autism Everyone who’s worked with autistic kids on tough goals knows that in order to be successful we have to tap into their motivation. None of us, neurotypical or otherwise, has an easy time doing things that aren’t meaningful or motivating to us. This is especially true for our young clients. So […]