Children with Autism benefit greatly from early identification and early intervention. Know the signs and help children get an appropriate Autism diagnosis. Also, learn how and where to access early intervention services. Thanks to our guest, Tracey Tasker, speech-language pathologist, early intervention specialist, and fellow Autism parent.
Tracey Tasker holds a B.A. in English and Economics and an MBA (from Rutgers University) and an MA in Speech-Language Pathology (from Montclair State University). Tracey started out her career working for AT&T/Lucent Technologies in New Jersey. Then she had a set of twin boys (one with autism) and three years later a set of twin girls (born two months premature) and she was immersed in the world of early intervention. That’s when she decided that her true passion was to help other parents help their young children to communicate.
Tracey has been providing evaluations and therapy to early intervention families for ten years. Tracey strongly believes in using therapy techniques that are based on evidence and empowering parents with that knowledge so they can advocate for their children. Tracey uses Autism treatment methods based on DIR Floortime, Hanen More Than Words, Melodic Based Communication Therapy and Project Impact. In addition, Tracey is trained in Kaufman KSLP method for (CAS) for children with co-existing childhood apraxia of speech and the AEIOU Systematic approach to
feeding for children with eating disorders. Tracey is a board member of the Infant Development
Association of California whose mission is to foster collaboration between families and professionals
working with children, birth to three with special needs. To contact Tracey: Email.
Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal is the president and director of Sanford Autism Consulting, a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the Thriving Special Families Podcast...
Thriving Special Families is the perfect podcast for special needs families...especially those impacted by Autism. Join us for insight, humor, and hope along your special needs journey. Our host, Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP, ASDCS interviews experts, community members, caregivers, and other special needs allies. She also shares from her experiences as an Autism parent, speech pathologist, and educational advocate. This is our podcast special needs families...let's thrive!!