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Course Description

There’s a bear in the hallway outside the break room. I know, highly unlikely for most of you, but stick with me. This is a legit bear, and he’s hungry. What do you do? Fight, flight, freeze, or fawn? Your past experiences will likely shape your response to this incredibly terrifying albeit highly unlikely situation, and that is what this week’s episode is all about. In this episode, Nicole Moore and Dr. Ali Arena joined Kate and Amy on the couch to have a real discussion about the impacts of trauma on our students and clients with communication challenges. This duo brings a unique collage of perspectives, merging the field of trauma counseling with communication and social support to help us understand where trauma can pop up for our clients and what we should and shouldn’t be doing about it as holistic care providers and trusted confidants. Tune in to learn about the impacts of “little T’s” and “big T’s” on executive functioning, and find out how you can be a better observer and listener to identify signs of trauma and to develop a plan for supporting potential impacts in your sessions. There’s fun brain stuff for Amy, soap boxes for Kate, and all jokes aside, a mindful and realistic look at a very important topic that anyone working with human beings should be aware of.


Learning Objectives 

After attending participants will be able to:

  1.  Define both Big T & Little T trauma
  2. Learn social and emotional tactics to address trauma 
  3. Signs to be aware of when working with both kids and adults


About the Speakers


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.

Nicole Moore, LMFT

Nicole Moore is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who works with families, couples, and adults. She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and depression. Using attachment theory, mindfulness, traditional and alternative modalities (including EMDR) to personalize every treatment plan, she strives to make a genuine connection with each individual to help inform her approach. Additionally, Nicole has an interest in comedy and completed the improv comedy program at Upright Citizens Brigade. While working with Maja through Zip Zap Zop Enrichment which uses improv to teach social and emotional learning (SEL) to children, Nicole experienced the value of the approach as a therapeutic intervention and how it can be applicable in a multitude of clinical settings. Nicole Moore Financial Disclosures: is the owner of The Center Method. Nicole Moore non-financial disclosures: psychotherapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, trauma specialist and trauma related disorders

Ali Arena, Ed. D., CCC-SLP, BCBA

Dr Ali Arena is passionate about social cognition, language processing, executive functioning, creating meaningful friendships & relationships for my clients. She has dedicated her education and career to finding the best communication patterns and behavior changes required to navigate the ever-changing social world. Ali’s background is unique as she is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Autism, Trauma-Informed Care, Level 1A Social Thinking Practitioner, UCLA Peers, and Neurodiverse Couples Counseling certifications. Lastly, Ali’s Doctorate focus was unique to say the least as it addressed the dating intricacies of those on the Autism Spectrum which lead her to develop unique coaching practices for individuals with social learning differences (including Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, and those without a formal diagnosis but who struggle in the social world). She believes that anyone who had trauma in their life can benefit from direct communication intervention to teach how to communicate what they want & need, to communicate boundaries, and learn the different ways your communication style can work for you or against you. Topics included: public speaking, adding try value to the conversation, receiving value, active listening, forming meaningful and lasting relationships. Dr. Ali Arena Financial Disclosures: is the owner or Ali Arena Communications. Dr. Ali Arena non-financial disclosures: Dr. Arena is a member of ASHA and licensed speech and language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst

Speaker Disclosures

Dr. Ali Arena Financial Disclosures: is the owner or Ali Arena Communications.  Dr. Ali Arena non-financial disclosures: Dr. Arena is a member of ASHA and licensed speech and language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst 

Nicole Moore Financial Disclosures: is the owner of The Center Method.   Nicole Moore non-financial disclosures: psychotherapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, trauma specialist and trauma related disorders

Kate Grandbois disclosures: Financial: 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 disclosures: Financial: 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.



Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

25 minutes:  Review of the definition of Bit T and Little T

15 minutes:  Descriptions of social and emotional tactics to address trauma 

10 minutes:  Descriptions of working with both kids and adults who experience trauma

5 minutes: Summary and Closing



References and Resources

Harris, R. (2008). The Happiness Trap: How to stop struggling and start living. Boston, MA: Trumpeter.

The Center Method

Headspace: www.headspace.com

Stop, Breathe, & Think: (for guided meditations): www.stopbreathethink.com  

Stop, Breathe, & Think Kids: https://www.stopbreathethink.com/kids/

Calm: www.calm.com

Ten Percent Happier: www.tenpercent.com

Timeless: www.timeless-meditation.us

Insight Timer: www.insighttimer.com

Breath+: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-simple-breath-trainer/id1106998959



Disclaimer

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!


Editors

Episode Summary provided by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP

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

Promotional Contribution provided by Paige Biglin, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

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

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