Two Sides of the Spectrum

A twice-monthly podcast where we explore research, amplify autistic voices, and change the way we think about autism in life and in professional therapy practice.


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Have you ever heard that people on the autism spectrum aren’t great at perspective taking? It turns out that it’s actually a problem on two sides of the spectrum.

Autistic people often have to work harder to take the perspective of neurotypical people. And many have spent countless hours of therapy doing this work.

But new research shows that neurotypical people have just as much trouble taking the perspective of our autistic peers.

It’s time for us to get to work too. Join me as I talk to neurodivergent adults and explore new research to help me and other OTs and SLPs better understand and connect with our autistic clients.

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Two Sides of the Spectrum Podcast Episode 52

Have questions on teaching AAC to your autistic clients? Kate McLaughlin, CCC-SLP has answers! In this episode we field listener questions to Kate and get her insight on the ins and outs of teaching AAC without prompting, where to start for beginners, getting parent buy-in,  working with kids who hit the same button repeatedly, choosing the right software and grid size, paying for devices, and more. Kate brings us back time and time again to the key values of autonomy and authenticity in how we approach AAC.