Are you familiar with gestalt language development or neurodiversity-affirming methods?
Every day, I see so many questions from other SLPs on this topic, so today on SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Katja Piscitelli to talk about these methods so that you can get all of your questions answered and start the year off confident with these students on your caseload.
Katja Piscitelli is a speech therapist, dog mom, and Disney lover. She supports autistic students and their families through neurodiversity-affirming, child-led therapy. She also specializes in supporting gestalt language development (echolalia).
Katja believes in listening to the communities we serve to guide our practice, and she loves sharing what she learns from the Autistic community and her experiences with students with all of you!
Instead of teaching our autistic students to be more like us, we are learning to teach them differently in a way that affirms who they are and how their brains work.
In This Episode You’ll Discover:
- Why listening to the autistic community is so important
- How we need to teach autistic students differently
- The importance of teaching self-advocacy
- Resources to listen to more autistic voices
- A more appropriate way to teach perspective taking
- Katja’s favorite resources for working with autistic students
- How to learn more about gestalt language
There is a shift happening in the way we teach autistic students in speech therapy, so I hope this episode inspires you to dive into neurodiversity-affirming teaching methods just like Katja did.
If you loved hearing from Katja, make sure to connect with her through her links below. She shares so much information on gestalt language, working with autistic students, books, resources, and so much more all across her platforms!
Joke of the Week:
Q: Why can’t pirates learn the alphabet?
A: Because they keep getting lost at C.
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