Autism Occupational Therapy
Resource Toolkit

Recognizing Unique Communication & Motor Differences in Autism


This study discusses burnout, inertia, meltdown, and shutdowns (BIMS)

Ido Kedar is an autistic-self advocate and a non-speaking autistic person who uses a voice-output typing device to communicate. This podcast explores Ido’s experience in therapies both before and after he could communicate, as well as his concrete advice on how therapists can be more respectful and effective when working with non-speaking clients on the spectrum.

With advances in AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), involving both low and high tech approaches, nonspeakers voices are now being heard, and what they have to say is shattering erroneous stereotypes about those for whom speech is not their primary mode of communication

In this toolkit, Dr. Pat Mirenda, one of Canada’s leading researchers, describes the different types of AAC, what sort of considerations one should make when deciding on an approach to try, and refutes some of the myths surrounding AAC.

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