The "Who’s Doing The Thinking" Instructional Series is a group of five continuing education courses that are designed to address the challenges children on the autism spectrum experience as they struggle to learn how to become appropriate social communicators. The material in these courses are based on the Learning Style Profile© (LSP) (2012) developed by Dr. Pat Rydell. The purpose of these courses is to explain & discuss how to create a therapeutic environment that guides children on the autism spectrum towards independent thinking & functional social communication skills while avoiding the unnecessary challenges of prompt dependency.
This course takes the empirical research on ASD peer-mediated interventions & provides practical, common-sense strategies for SLPs to help children with autism learn how to increase their social abilities with friends. Watch Preview Video >
This course provides specific goals & strategies for SLPs to use at home, school, or therapy to help move children with autism from object-oriented to people-oriented learners. Watch Preview Video >
This course provides SLPs with step-by-step strategies to design & implement Joint Action Routines (JARs) as a preferred tool to facilitate verbal communication in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Watch Preview Video >
This course provides SLPs with practical steps & strategies to move children with an autism spectrum disorder from unconventional, mechanical & inflexible verbal exchanges to conventional uses of language that is typical of friends, peers, and classmates. Watch Preview Video >
This course provides SLPs with therapy design considerations to help mitigate interactional breakdowns so speech therapy can be more productive from the start. Watch Preview Video >
Research has shown (J Autism Dev Disord. 2015; 45(8): 2411–2428) that joint attention tasks and imitation and modeling instruction are all necessary precursors for the development of social skills and speech and language development. The "Who’s Doing The Thinking" Instructional Series explains and discusses how to implement these methods and strategies into any instructional program.
It is hoped that people who complete these five courses will feel an urgency to learn more about the Learning Style Profile©. It is also hoped that people who complete these courses come to understand that once all therapies have been provided and children on the autism spectrum become adults that these persons become independent thinkers and not forever prompt dependent.