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Momi Yamanaka

The Hope Source’s Dr. Momi Yamanaka will be regularly posting about various topics to differentiate and clarify between “this” vs. “that”. This is the first post in the series. Evidence-based Practice (EBP) vs. Evidence-based Treatment (EBT) Consensus among most medical associations including the American Psychological Association and National Association of Social Workers define “evidence –based […]


MYTH: My child will never develop vocal speech if they use a device or sign language to communicate. As a Speech-Language Pathologist I’ve heard this concern frequently when an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) modality was recommended. In fact, this is a common concern shared amongst parents, family members, and other professionals. I get the […]

By Julie Brant Gordon, LCSW Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle with appropriate play, often engaging in scripted, rigid and isolated play.  Pretend play requires foundational skills in social communication, joint attention,  and flexibility – all areas of core deficit. It requires self-talk, adapting to another person’s variations and characters and generating symbols and elaborations. […]

By Julie Brant Gordon One of the biggest challenges in modern day parenting is just having a moment – a moment to truly be present without thinking about everything on your plate. Then, add Autism. In the last 16 years in this field, the most important thing that I have learned is there is so […]

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Game Time!  This is a revisit of a Facebook post we made way back in 2013 but it’s a good one! Try these fun, nonverbal games/activities with your family to practice and strengthen your child’s ability to “read” others’ nonverbal cues and communication: Charades: try acting out different emotions to help your child interpret your […]

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