Sex, Slenderman, & Suicide: Crucial Conversations with Autistic Adolescents – Part 1: Sex

This table details the frequency of domestic violence offenses in the state of Utah in 2012. The above table focuses in on violence toward family members in Utah in 2012. I start with these statistics to point out the reality that our children live in. These are numbers from the state of Utah taken from … More Sex, Slenderman, & Suicide: Crucial Conversations with Autistic Adolescents – Part 1: Sex

The Importance of Teaching Functional Communication

A Teaching Aside This post is a culmination of this year’s experiences working in classrooms with escalated students. Regardless the school team’s preconceptions of the behavior, I have had the same solution. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. And it works! Teach the student how to ask for [whatever they need]. Really, Teach them to Ask? Yes. I … More The Importance of Teaching Functional Communication

Teachers Should Lift Up Disabled Students, Not Hold Them Down

A Teaching Aside So, every once in a while I help out families that have to navigate the educational system with disabled children. Most often autistic or fragile X kids (once again this is a good time to note I am not a proponent of person first language). These phone calls tend to be very … More Teachers Should Lift Up Disabled Students, Not Hold Them Down