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.

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.

Congrats, Dr. Grandin!

This month, Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor of animal sciences, esteemed author and world-renowned autism spokesperson – and friend of PresenceLearning – was one of 10 women to be inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame! Past nominees include the likes of Madeleine Albright, Maya Angelou, Susan B. Anthony, Hillary Rodham Clinton,

Grateful Parent Shares Son’s Story

One of the best parts about working with kids who have special needs is seeing their progress and hearing from their families about their successes. A note from “W’s” mom recently made our day. W is an eight-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and vision problems. His

Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems: Dr. Grandin at SXSWedu 2016

World-renowned autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin is no stranger to public speaking as she tours the world talking to educators about the importance of understanding autism’s effect on the brain. She’s even hosted a webinar for PresenceLearning called “The Autistic Brain” (you can watch a full-length recording of her webinar here). Earlier this month, Dr.

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

Dr. Barry Prizant in Conversation with Clay Whitehead

Our fifth and final Special Agents of Change webinar “Uniquely Human: A Different Way to See Autism and Create Pathways to Success” with one of the world’s leading authorities on autism, Dr. Barry Prizant, covered a new perspective and approach to understanding and treating students with autism. After the webinar, our co-founder and co-CEO Clay

Better Understand Autism with Help from Dr Barry Prizant’s New Book: Uniquely Human

By Megan Mead Dr. Barry Prizant has been a researcher, clinician, consultant, and has received ASHA’s highest recognition. We have been lucky enough to hear him speak several times as part of the SPED Ahead webinar series from PresenceLearning. He has recently written “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism” (with Tom Fields-Meyer, an

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