All behaviors, challenging or not, are forms of communication. The trick, of course, is figuring out what those behaviors are saying and communicating.
Andrea Gaulin, my guest today, is a pro at understanding communication. As a behavior analyst and speech therapist, she blends the disciplines to help individuals with special needs communicate more effectively. This, of course, leads to a happier individual and a delighted family and other support members.
Andreane received a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Laval University, Canada. She holds her certificate of clinical competence from ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association). She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2014. She specializes in providing speech and language therapy to children on the Autism spectrum that have moderate to severe deficits and that engage in challenging behaviors.
Andreane is recognized by Apraxia-Kids for advanced training and expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She completed the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive training institute at Duquesne University in 2018. She continuously receives training in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to support her clientele. One of her favorite approaches is language acquisition through motor planning (LAMP). She is a member of the special interest group SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.