ABA Podcasts

Talking ABA for Autism is a 10-part podcast series. It features interviews with ABA experts, and conversations with parents and families who’ve chosen to implement ABA as their preferred Model of Care. Individual podcasts offer tips to improve your ABA program, advice on NDIS funding, strategies for managing challenging behaviours. Listening to Talking ABA for Autism will deepen your knowledge and increase your understanding of ABA. And while we can’t promise enlightenment, we can promise information and inspiration.

Individual episodes are facilitated by Peggy Hailstone (Autism Pathways’s Communications Officer), and Mary Holmes (an ABA/autism mum with a broadcasting background).

This podcast series was generously funded by the Harcourts Foundation.

  • Episode 1 – Monique Cain. The Everyday Autism Series.

    Autism Mum, Monique Cain, saw the struggles her daughter Madi was having at childcare and with peers. Frustrated and pained by the lack of understanding, Monique sat down and wrote a picture book to support her child’s inclusion and development. A not-to-be missed podcast by an amazing mother and woman.

  • Episode 2 – Dr Angelika Anderson PhD, BCBA-D. Autism and Independence

    Our second episode shows autism and independence don’t have to be opposing forces. Tune in to hear renowned university educator, Angelika Anderson, talk about self-monitoring and self-management as a means to affecting positive behavioural change. Not just for adults, Angelika shares tips and tactics on how kids as young as three can be encouraged and motivated to instigate and manage their own behavioural change.

  • Episode 3 – Sarah Wood, Educational and Developmental Psychologist. ABA in the school-setting, could it better support your child?

    ABA is a set of principles that can be used to teach new skills and reduce challenging behaviours. In this episode of Talking ABA for Autism, Sarah Wood, from the Learning for Life Autism Centre talks about how these principles can be applied to support children with autism in the classroom and playground. Highly practical, this podcast offers an introduction to how ABA might be used to better understand your child’s behaviours and the behaviour of peers and teachers; all in an effort to improve the school experience.

  • Episode 4 – Sophie Kerr. PECS and autism.

    In addition to teaching communication skills, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) has been found to increase socialisation and interactive play, decrease inappropriate behaviours, and improve speech. A common tool for non-verbal children, PECS is equally effective and commonly used to address communication difficulties of individuals diagnosed with ASD.

    Tune into Episode 4 of Talking ABA for Autism to hear Sophie share about teaching strategies and skills that aid development of expressive communications; and to hear how PECS can be used to engage and excite children about communication and language.

  • Episode 5 – Heather Renton and Kate McKeand. Self-managing your child's NDIS Plan - you can do it!

    To self-manage or not to self-manage your NDIS plan? This is the question on many people’s lips as the NDIS rolls-out across Australia. In this episode of Talking ABA for Autism you’ll hear from NDIS experts Heather and Kate, and you’ll build confidence in managing your own NDIS plan.

  • Episode 6 – An autism Mum shares on school transition.

    School transition is a significant change for all children. For kids with autism it’s an even bigger deal as they face a new physical environment and different expectations. In Episode 6 of Talking ABA for Autism, ABA mum Michelle offers tips about how she and her seven-year-old son managed their school transition.

  • Episode 7 – An autism Mum talks about managing and reducing hitting behaviour.

    Hitting can be a common autism behaviour, adopted to express frustration and communication difficulties. Victoria, an autism mum, shares how she used ABA to manage and reduce hitting. She talks about how ABA helped her learn how to change her reaction and consequently transform her son’s behaviour.

  • Episode 8 – An autism Mum shares on ABA outcomes.

    In this episode of Talking ABA for autism, autism Mum Quynh shares how ABA provided hope and skills for her child and family. Prior to ABA a simple playground visit was a mammoth (and often unsuccessful) undertaking. Post-ABA, Quynh and her family have been able to reach her son. As Quynh says “life without ABA is something we can’t imagine … with ABA he is engaged with the world”. This podcast is for anyone thinking of doing ABA with their child, or for anyone wanting to recommend ABA to a family or friend.

  • Episode 9 – Becoming an ABA therapist.

    This episode of Talking ABA for Autism is a must for anyone thinking of working independently as an ABA therapist. Providing clarity on the role of a therapist, information about a typical day, questions to ask the family, and how to find work. We have no doubt this podcast will be one of our most popular.

  • Episode 10 – An autism mum shares on communication.

    Autism mum, Franca, talks about managing behaviours that challenged both her and her [then] non-verbal Son, Christian. It’s often said that behaviour is communication. Prior to ABA, one of Christian’s common behaviours was screaming; an expression of his frustration at not being able to understand or communicate his needs. With ABA, Christian developed basic speech, is able to play by himself, and loves being part of things happening at school and with his peers.

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