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Lights, Camera, Empowerment! Neurodiversity and the Transition to Independence

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Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS
1 Hour 05 Minutes
Apr 04, 2022
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Are your clients ready for their next step? Transition to adulthood, including attending college or starting employment, is a time of significant change for many individuals. For neurodivergent individuals, excitement and anticipation of this change is frequently coupled with a sense of nervousness about how to manage these next important steps. Many times, as individuals in “helping” professions, we work hard on ensuring that every accommodation and support is put into place for our children and clients. Where we fall short, is allowing for opportunities of exploration and autonomy within a structured setting. This way, clients learn their best practices, and how to advocate for them.  It is critical that therapists, educators, and all stakeholders consider post-secondary transition needs and make a targeted plan to support a student’s journey to independence.

In this session, transition planning best practices are used to consider therapeutic outcomes and to support targeted goal setting.  A variety of evidence-based methods for promoting dynamic learning, self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-advocacy strategies to build a student’s personal autonomy are discussed. Attendees will be provided with strategies ready for immediate use.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Laura K. Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS, is a nationally-certified speech-language pathologist who has extensive experience supporting the social-emotional and pragmatic language needs of students and families within the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. She works as an instructional specialist for students with autism in Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland and has developed and implemented a variety of professional learning opportunities surrounding social-emotional competence at the state and national level.

Laura is a coauthor of the Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents: 116 Worksheets & Skill-Building Exercises to Support Safety, Connection & Empowerment (PESI, 2020) and the Parenting Toolbox: 125 Activities Therapies Use to Reduce Meltdowns, Increase Positive Behaviors & Manage Emotions (PESI, 2018). Both workbooks provide practical strategies that can easily transfer into clinical and educational professional practices. Most recently, Laura was a guest speaker and moderator at PESI's 2021 Autism Symposium, where she discussed Navigating Autism through a Trauma Informed Lens. Laura also had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Temple Grandin in the key note Different... Not Less. Laura was an expert panelist for the 2020 Parenting Autism Summit, sponsored by The Behavior Revolution, LLP., and is certified as an Autism Spectrum disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS). She is a member of the multicultural affairs committee of the Maryland Speech-Language and Hearing Association, focusing on the promotion of equity practices n diverse communicators. To further support growth and achievement of children with disabilities, Laura earned additional certifications as a Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Certified Educator and in Educational Leadership and supervision. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2011 with a Master's in speech-language pathology.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Laura Sibbald has an employment relationship with Chestnut Hill College. She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Laura Sibbald receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Laura Sibbald serves on the topic committee member for the ASHA 2022 Convention. She is a member of the Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association and Pennsylvania Speech Language Hearing Association.

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  1. Differentiate key tenets of IDEA and ADAAA.
  2. Determine therapeutic targets that improve student independence and increase preparedness for post-secondary transition.
  3. Construct opportunities for dynamic learning and student empowerment within the therapeutic and academic setting.


  • Helping Autistic Clients/Students Transition to Independence 
  • Key tenets of IDEA and ADAAA 
  • Therapeutic targets that improve student independence 
  • Ways to increase preparedness for post-secondary transition  
  • Dynamic learning and student empowerment within the therapeutic and academic setting 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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