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Course Description and Learning Objectives

Want to put the fun and functional back into your intervention routine? Then you certainly strolled into the right podcast! In this week’s episode, SLP/BCBA Rose Griffin, shares her bag of tricks for supporting older students through leisure-based intervention activities. Learn how to harness the communication power that takes place outside of your therapy room through natural and meaningful leisure activities aimed at improving a wide range of skills and optimizing quality of life for students with complex learning needs. This episode is jam-packed, tackling assessment tools, data collection, community outings, game adaptations, and app ideas, all in the name of generalization and good old fashioned fun! High fives are flying around like crazy as Rose unpacks the value of using everyday materials and hangouts to build life skills that last a lifetime. Are you game? Then pull up a seat and grab your pen, you aren’t going to want to miss these game changer!s!

You can learn more about Rose here.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify 2 assessment tools to use to identify leisure skill needs

  2. Describe at least 1 data collection method for leisure activities

  3. List at least 5 modified leisure activities

Course Presenters

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Rose Griffin, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA

Rosemarie Griffin, MA, CCC/SLP BCBA, is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Product Developer and Podcaster. She divides her time between a public school and her own private practice, ABA SPEECH. She is passionate about helping individuals with autism find their voice and become more independent communicators. This passion has driven her to create her own business where she provides ASHA approved courses, The Autism Outreach Podcast, therapy materials and free resources for parents and professionals alike.

Speaker Disclosures

Rose Griffin Financial Disclosures: Rose is the founder of ABA SPEECH LLC and sells products, therapy services and courses. Rose has no financial relationships to disclose.

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures:  Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast.   Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.


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Online Resources:

Rose Griffin’s YouTube Chanel:

Help Kidz Learn app:

Yogarilla activity by Super Duper:

The “Grocery Store Game” by ABA Speech by Rose:

Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of the importance of addressing leisure skills and the assessment tools used to identify leisure skills

15 minutes:  Descriptions of data collection methods for leisure activities

10 minutes:  Descriptions of different leisure activities and modifications to those leisure activities.

 5 minutes: Summary and Closing


The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!


Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Audio File Editing provided by Caitlan Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Content provided by Ashley Sturgis, MA, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

In lieu of a handout....

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