#013: Tips for Success with High School Life Skills

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I know I say this a lot, but I am so excited about this week’s podcast episode! I had a chance to talk to a bit of a unicorn for our guest speaker, and she shared so much goodness about working with students who are on the autism spectrum.

We spend a lot of time talking about interventions with preschool and primary age children at SLP Now, but today we are going to go all-in talking about high school students! Specifically, we’re focusing on more of the life skills — like social, basic academics, vocational and communication skills.

Now, let me introduce our guest!

Rose Griffin is an ASHA-Certified Speech-Language Pathologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. There are very few SLP, BCBAs out there in the world so she’s definitely unique, and she has an amazing set of experiences + a wealth of knowledge to share with us.

She’s the founder of ABA Speech, creates therapy materials, and has a tremendous amount of resources she’s made available to other professionals — pretty much everything that we would need to work with students with autism. She’s super passionate about helping those students increase their language skills., and she does it in such a skillful way.

Rose really has a way of breaking these strategies down in a way that is practical, effective, and just makes so much sense. I learned a ton from our conversation, and I just know that you will too!

So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a chai latte!) put your feet up, and listen in.

Key Takeaways and Topics Covered

> The importance of shared goals
> Embedding communication with vocational goals
> Why you have to be a detective in your own building when you work with high school students
> Generalizing soft skills and preparing students for competitive employment
> Why we need to build leisure skills, and the ripple effect those skills have
> Examples of video modeling
> Setting goals for leisure activities
> Working with students who are non-communicative and only exhibit problem behaviors
> Goal-setting for vocational skills
> The importance of small talk
> Using graph assessments with students who have more intense needs

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

> The Assessment of Basic Language & Learning Skills
> The Communication Matrix
> Rose’s course, Help Me Find My Voice
> Rose’s course, Modified Leisure for Grades 6 to Adult
> Melissa & Doug Hangman activity (affiliate link)
> Preference assessment blog post
> The Action Builder Cards
> Double Up Vocabulary & Leisure Game
> For any info on the assessment graphs or data sheets Rose mentioned, visit her at www.abaspeech.org!
> You can also find Rose on Instagram @abaspeechbyrose.

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

Reader Interactions


  1. Darcy Ramsdell says

    This has been great! I work at a high school and am planning to start a leisure skills group with my students. Thank you for all the ideas.

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