Coaching vs Commands

Coaching leads nonspeaking autistics to learn how to get their apraxic bodies to listen to their internal voice. Commands get you to a place of compliance. Kelley Howe and Lakshmi Rao Sankar share the framework that enables nonspeakers to navigate their sensory-motor differences.  Thursday, September 1st at 12:00 pm EDT Tuesday, September 6th at 7:00 pm […]

Friday, August 26th, 2022


STEP-ASIDE: NEURODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY SPACES INCLUDE MOTOR! I-ASC relies on its Nonspeaking Leadership Council, and other nonspeaking/minimally/unreliably speaking (together, the “Nonspeaking” and “Nonspeakers”) neurodivergent advocates to guide its mission and advocacy.  In our first blog in the “Step Aside” series, we explored ways to demonstrate that neurodivergent wellbeing is individualized and valid.  In this and future blogs […]

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Respectful Language for Coaching a Tricky Body!

Respectful Language for Coaching a Tricky Body!   Breaking habits can be difficult for all of us! One of the most ingrained habits many of us fight against is the language we use when supporting a nonspeaker. If we’re not careful, we can fall into the trap of using language that is infantilizing, insulting, or […]

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Purposeful Motor String Art

Purposeful Motor String Art String art is really simple but can be really effective. Using a just a few items, you can recreate this craft technique. This is a great purposeful motor activity for our nonspeaking, minimally speaking and unreliably speaking community, not just for purposeful fine motor but also for ocular motor.  Below are […]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Are you kidding? This motor learning is hard!

Are you kidding? This motor learning is hard! I gave myself a guitar as a quarantine gift this past year. I have always wanted to play and felt ready to commit.  I play piano regularly and even learned violin as a child. I can read sheet music and play a bit by ear. I  figured […]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Mind Over Motor

Mind Over Motor  The body is fascinating in so many ways!  The way in which we move through space, accomplish our daily tasks and communicate with others is actually mind blowing, but we tend to take it for granted. Let’s stop and think for a moment about how we actually move our bodies. It is […]

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

5 Ways to Increase Accessibility During the Holidays

5 Ways to Increase Accessibility During the Holidays Sometimes when our houses get filled with family and visitors or when we are running from one gathering to the next, it can feel like there is no time to slow down and create accessible moments for nonspeakers in our lives. I know this is true for […]

Monday, December 23rd, 2019


Thinking Through Dysregulation THIS GUIDE TO THINKING THROUGH DYSREGULATION WAS PREPARED FOR THE MOTORMORPHOSIS 2022 PARENT NETWORKING COFFEE BY LAKSHMI RAO SANKAR AND DEBBIE SPENGLER, I-ASC LEADERSHIP CADRE  When a speller is becoming dysregulated, it’s important to remember the common thread that dysregulation holds for all of us. Because when it comes down to it, the […]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022


Kelley Howe & Katlyn Billue Move Your Body, Be a Hottie Join us for an interactive purposeful motor session to learn the dance to the summer anthem of the Spellerverse. In this session, we’ll burn up the dance floor while offering ideas to level up your motor coaching abilities.   Katlyn Billue is a registered […]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022


TRUE FAITH – THE ABCs of STARTING S2C PLAY THIS SONG WHILE YOU READ THIS BLOG Warning: My blogs from this point forward might come with background music if you don’t mind. Today, it’s TRUE FAITH by New Order, one of my favorite 80’s bands.  This is my “new beginnings” song, and it reminds me […]

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021