Aug 31, 2021
Continuing our recent conversations on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder, today’s guest and I discuss the ways communication is impacted. Jessie Ginsburg joined the Diverse Thinking Different Learning Podcast and shares her approach of helping the whole child.
Jessie is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Los Angeles, the creator of ASD from the Inside Out and founder of the Pediatric Therapy Playhouse. She has found that when a child is not regulated, communication is not their focus and with this knowledge she inspires new ways of thinking about her approach as an SLP. She not only provides support for children and families, but she strives to help others truly understand and accept a child’s differences.
[2:49] - Jessie shares how and why she got interested and involved in sensory processing.
[3:44] - In order to communicate, we need to be regulated.
[5:05] - Jessie gives an analogy using a visualization of three baskets: Language, Emotions, and Body.
[6:49] - When there’s a lot going on in our body due to sensory processing, it is hard to regulate emotions and communicate.
[8:16] - Up to 95% of autistic adults report that they have sensory processing differences.
[9:51] - Jessie dug deeper into learning more from the autistic community and has many friends who are autistic adults.
[11:10] - What is the difference between Person-First language and Identity-First language?
[12:39] - Many parents will try to change their children rather than embracing who they are and giving them the skills to succeed.
[14:58] - There is a difference between trying to “fix” a child and supporting them with their sensory processing.
[16:03] - A common hypersensitivity in Autism is to sound. These children may struggle communicating and behaving in a busy environment, like a classroom.
[17:28] - There are ways to modify environments and provide support for children and families, but how can we make more institutional changes to accept their needs?
[19:30] - The education system and how we view neurodiversity as a culture needs to be examined.
[20:47] - Try to figure out if it is fair for a child to regulate themselves or if an adult should step in to co-regulate.
[22:01] - Self-regulation requires being able to logically think through a problem, the solutions, and then implement.
[23:04] - As parents and caregivers, the best thing we can do for a child is to validate them.
[24:24] - When co-regulating, you are also building a connection with the child.
[25:21] - It is really easy to become frustrated, but Jessie reminds us that we have to be a calming resource for children struggling with regulation.
[27:39] - Jessie offers a course and she has different kinds of therapists joining.
Jessie is a Sensory Integration trained speech-language pathologist, creator of ASD from the Inside Out, and founder of Pediatric Therapy Playhouse, a top-rated speech & language clinic in Los Angeles. Through her national publications and talks, and her internationally-acclaimed Inside Out course, Jessie inspires a new way of thinking about the SLP’s role in treating young autistic children.
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