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So some things at home that you can do to help your child is one that I think is really important is be involved in the therapy. Observe, observe, observe. With technology, if you can’t be there, you could even have your therapist tape some of the sessions, so you could see what goes on so you can carry that over in the home. Sometimes therapy settings have an actual observation room where you can go. Some therapists cut out time at the end of the session so they can help the parents work with their child so they can give them activities to do and practice. I also think it’s important to have everyone on your team have meetings so you’re working together to make sure you’re not working against each other. So you’re consistent in the way you’re dealing with the behavior. I often have the behavior teachers come into my speech and language sessions so they can carry over some of my goals, so they’re not only getting it with me, they’re getting it with somebody else. Also, there’s just a lot of great books out there that help teach parents techniques on how to teach their child and there’s classes out there that you can take where you can learn techniques with working with your child.

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Sarah Clifford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Cilfford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist who specializes in working with children with autism and other developmental disorders. She works exclusively with children, primarily between the ages of 12 months to eight years.

Sarah is the founder of Scheflen Speech–Language Pathology, Inc., her private practice in Santa Monica, California, as well as the co-founder (together with autism advocate Jenny McCarthy) of Teach2Talk, LLC, a producer of quality educational products including video–modeling DVDs that teach children a variety of skills including appropriate behavior, social skills, play and language. 

She is also the senior speech–language pathologist on staff at an intensive partial–hospitalization program for autism located at a major public research university located in Los Angeles, California, where Sarah has provided therapy to hundreds of children with autism spectrum disorders and conducted research into various treatment modalities. 

Sarah is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, and her research focuses on teaching play, social skills and language to children through video modeling.

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