Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Episode #16: Autism Early Diagnosis and Intervention

Is Autism Early Diagnosis with ABA Therapy Bad?
Is Autism Early Diagnosis with ABA Therapy Bad?
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Show Notes:

Can ABA Therapy Be Good?

Tonya speaks with Dr. Kristin Wegner, a clinical psychologist who works with autistic children along with children who may have other sensory needs to help them unlock the door and experience the world around them. During the interview, Dr. Wegner shares information about how early a child might show signs of being autistic, the difference between early ABA therapy and that being used today, tips for parents, and if an autistic child should have an IEP or a 504 plan.

This is the first half of the interview with Dr. Wegner, and the second half will be released in episode #17 where Dr. Wegner will introduce the Brody the Lion book series for parents of young autistic children. The books are a great tool for parents of all children to use to help their children prepare for changes in routines and new experiences. Be sure to watch episode #17!

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Tonya Wollum


Tonya Wollum is a disability advocate and host of the Water Prairie Chronicles podcast which connects special needs parents with resources to help them navigate parenting a child with a disability. She is the mother of 2 college-age children who have each grown up with a disability. That experience, along with a background in education, led her to create the Water Prairie Chronicles to help share what she has learned with parents of younger children to help them know how to advocate for their children.

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