Halloween and Autism: “Tricks” to Make Halloween a “Treat”

By Karen Kabaki-Sisto, M.S. CCC-SLP Bring on Halloween! - the holiday that sets kids on a quest for near-limitless assortments of candy while dressed as their favorite characters, princesses, and superheroes! But sometimes kids with autism may feel excluded, especially due to confusion about acceptable communication and social skills. As a Speech-Language Pathologist and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) instructor for over 20 years, every Halloween I see kids’ and parents’ frustration. Here are some “tricks” to make Halloween a carefree … [Read more...]

Autism and Echolalia: 4 Tips for Using it Productively

By Karen Kabaki-Sisto, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist Johnny is repeating words out of context that he has heard someone else say some time ago. The adult near him thinks, “Oh, he’s just ‘scripting’” and then turns to Johnny and says, “Johnny, you have to use your words.” But what if Johnny doesn’t have adequate words to use? It’s like if you were stranded in Mexico with only limited knowledge of Spanish that you learned for only two years of high school. You would have to rely on ‘catch phrases’ that you’ve heard before, … [Read more...]

Jackie Bryla
APPasaurus, SLPA, Mom & Wife

SUPER HERO ALTER EGO: App Queen or App Girl THEME SONG: Where Everybody Knows Your Name BOOK YOU COULDN’T PUT DOWN UNTIL YOU FINISHED IT: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption MOVIE YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER: Pollyanna (A GOTW Tom Strong Favorite too!) COULD SPEND 24/7: At the ocean LUCKY CHARM: Hummingbird FAVORITE STAR TREK CAPTAIN: Captain Kathryn Janeway CARTOON CHARACTER YOU’D WANT TO SPEND THE AFTERNOON WITH? Scooby Doo WHERE WOULD YOU LIVE IN MIDDLE EARTH: Near the Bay of … [Read more...]