Sex Education, ABA, and Autism – How We Can Do Better

Episode 20: Sex Education, ABA, and Autism How We Can Do Better My guest today is Madison Holcomb, an Autistic adult whose work focuses on offering an Autistic perspective to families and professionals. Madison was a recent guest speaker at SEXABA, a conference focused on the importance of thinking ahead to the needs of not only the child but also the adult the child will become! This must include giving thought to sex education. Oftentimes we think of sex education as this “big thing.” But in reality, sex education is often just taking ideas experienced in other platonic relationships and generalizing those ideas to aRead More →

Episode 16: What About ABA? of the Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 16: WHat About ABA? Welcome to episode #16 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! ABA has been under fire from Autistic adults because the bodies that govern the field of ABA are not living up to their sacred responsibility to protect children from unethical treatment. So what do we do with ABA? Do we advocate that every child receive ABA? Or do we say ABA is evil and should be banned? Or is there a more nuanced approach? I believe there is!! Join me today as we dive into what the REAL root issue is and how the educational philosophy of Charlotte MasonRead More →

Episode #6: What It Means to "Do No Harm" - Toward ABA Reform

Episode #6: What It Means to “Do No Harm”Toward ABA Reform Welcome to episode #6 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! I am planting my flag on the side of ABA Reform with this episode. It’s the release of the highlights reel from our ABAI symposium, Toward Applied Behavior Analysis Reform: What It Means to “Do No Harm.”  ABAI 2021 Convention Symposium“Toward Applied Behavior Analysis: What It Means to “Do No Harm” Generally speaking, people don’t go into a service profession hoping to hurt other people, but we do need to constantly be checking ourselves. When we look back over the long history ofRead More →

Healing Trauma Through Yoga - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 5: Healing Trauma Through Yoga Welcome to episode #5 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! This episode is an extension of the topic “How Do We Help Chidren Recover From a Pandemic (and other childhood trauma)” from episodes 3 & 4. You can listen to Episode #3 here and Episode #4 here. Episode #5 is all about healing trauma through yoga and how it was helpful in my own healing journey. I also discuss common misconceptions about yoga, it’s history, and it’s underlying philosophy and connection to world religions and philosophies. Listen Here: Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Childhood Disrupted by Donna JacksonRead More →

How Do We Help Children Recover from a Pandemic (and Other Childhood Trauma)? Part 2

Episode 4: How Do We Help Children Recover from a Pandemic (and Other Childhood Trauma)? Part 2 Welcome to episode #4 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! This episode is Part 2 of “How Do We Help Chidren Recover From a Pandemic (and other childhood trauma).” You can listen to Part 1 here. In this episode I discuss the specific ways we can support children to help them  process trauma and move forward in a positive direction.  #1: We have to reduce pressure and provide positive support. 1) We have to reduce pressure and provide positive support. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs gives us aRead More →

How Do We Help Children Recover from a Pandemic (and Other Childhood Trauma)? Part 1

Episode 3: How Do We Help Children Recover from a Pandemic (and Other Childhood Trauma)? Part 1 Welcome to episode #3 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! This episode discusses the 2020-2021 school year, what trauma is, how trauma can impact us, and why it is so important to address and heal trauma. Listen Here: Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Childhood Disrupted by Donna Jackson Nakazawa I hope you had fun listening to today’s episode and gained some new insights into the wonderful variety of people in our world!  And remember, Special Needs Kids are People Too! Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitterRead More →