Autism Spectrum Disorder

PresenceLearning with a Purpose: Sheila Spraggins

April 12, 2021

Sheila Spraggins, MS, CCC-SLP, reflects upon the person who inspires her every day. “I am Marc’s legacy,” she said of her younger cousin. “He lives on because I can help kids like him.” This story is dedicated to Marc and Autism Acceptance Month.

National Autism Awareness Month is Evolving

April 2, 2021

This year, the Autism Society, along with leading disability organizations in the U.S., have announced that they are making a shift in official designation from Autism Awareness Month to Autism Acceptance Month.

Sharing a Different Point of View on Autism

April 1, 2021

D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed at the age of three with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with psychomotor retardation, which included speech delays and issues with his fine motor skills. Today D.J. is a dynamic, motivational public speaker, accomplished artist, and author with three books to his credit. Recently we sat down with D.J. to discuss Autism Awareness month and his greatest hopes for children living with autism—and for the world around them.

People You Should Know in the World of Autism

Last month, the PresenceLearning team had the distinct pleasure of hosting one of the world’s leading authorities on autism (and frequent webinar presenter) Dr. Barry Prizant for an afternoon of fun, informative, and inspiring conversation. One question Dr. Prizant is regularly asked while on the road is “Who else should I be following to learn more

Dear Colleague: Students with Autism May Need More than ABA

When it comes to determining which therapy services a student with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit from, specialists are quick to jump to applied behavior analysis (ABA). While some research supports ABA, there are other approaches to treatment like Dr. Barry Prizant’s Uniquely Human approach that help students as well. And what about other

Q&A With Dr. Marty Burns

Our third Special Agents of Change webinar “The New Science of Learning: Effective Approaches for Older Students with Autism and Attention Disorders” with ASHA Fellow and neuroscientist Dr. Marty Burns concluded with an informative Q&A portion centered around the current research and tools available for building cognitive function in those individuals with attention disorders or

Creating a Flexroom for Students on the Autism Spectrum

This post is by guest contributor Amy Gaffney, M.A., CCC-SLP. Amy is an Autism Consultant for Non-Public Schools for Southside Special Services of Marion County in Indianapolis, Indiana. The teachers in Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township were concerned about a select group of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  These students were struggling to be successful