110: Role of Goals for Autistic Students with Rachel Dorsey




Do you write strength-based goals for your autistic students? 

The neurodiversity movement is bringing a lot of awareness to the fact that all brains are different. It is increasing our ability to work with our autistic students in a way that makes sense for them and sparks their interest. 

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, my guest Rachel Dorsey is here to talk more about how we can improve our goal setting for our autistic students and approach it in a way that caters to their natural talents while also teaching them new skills. 

Rachel Dorsey is a Speech-Language Pathologist, educator, consultant, and autism rights advocate. Through her consultancy, Rachel Dorsey: Autistic SLP, LLC, she provides education to parents, professionals, school districts, and organizations through coaching, consultations, in-services, professional developments, and courses on neurodiversity affirming therapeutic practice. 

The services she offers as a consultant draw upon her own experience as an Autistic person and her over five years of clinical experience seeing early intervention, preschool, school-age, post-secondary-aged clients through itinerant and clinic-based settings.

She launched “Goal Writing For Autistic Students: A Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach”, a comprehensive course on building strengths-based goals in late September 2021 for 10.5 ASHA and AOTA CEUs. Rachel is an active advocate within the Autistic community with a substantial social media presence, collaborating with leading Autistic advocates and allies. 


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Tips for finding joy and bonding with your autistic students
  • How to incorporate your autistic kids’ interest into your sessions
  • The neurodiversity movement
  • The importance of perspective-taking
  • Fostering a positive sense of identity in autistic students
  • Strength-based goals
  • How to respect all communication modalities 


Rachel is so passionate about working with autistic students in a way that shows them that they are perfectly complete the way they are. Increasing neurodiversity awareness is an important step to helping our autistic students develop a positive self-identity. 

If you are interested in learning more about goal-setting for your autistic students, I highly recommend you check out Rachel's course. You’ll learn how to get your therapy on the right track with strength-based goal setting and a neurodiversity-affirming approach. 

With her course, you’ll be goal-setting with your autistic students with confidence and enthusiasm and making a bigger impact on their lives. Make sure you check it out! 


Role of Goals for Autistic Students with Rachel Dorsey


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Q: Why are cats so good at video games? 

A: Because they have 9 lives.


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