2024 SASHA Spring Virtual Live Event


Chris and Jessie use a variety of content in their presentations, including but not limited to: slides, client video examples, interactive components, etc. General handouts will be prepared and distributed however, presentation slides are not included for distribution.


Registration Fee: $150
Students, Interns, SLPAs, Parents: $50

A $25.00 handling fee will be charged for all cancellations. No refunds will be given for cancellations made seven days or less prior to the event; however, a credit will be issued toward a future seminar. If you register and do not attend, you are still liable for payment. Substitutions are permitted if SASHA is notified in advance. If cancelled by SASHA full tuition refunds will be issued.​​

2024 SASHA Spring Virtual Live Event


Jessie Ginsburg and Chris Wenger receive a speaking fee for their presentation. 

They have the following financial disclosures:

  • Chris Wenger and Jessie Ginsburg (Intellectual Property Rights)
  • They do not have any non-financial disclosures.

Speech-Language Pathologists and related professions employed in a variety of settings.
General Questions (including event information & membership) email: info@sacasha.org​

Registration & Conference Payment Information
email: treasurer@sacasha.org


​Friday, April 26, 2024

​8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration Is Now Open:

Registration will be capped at 100

Neurodiversity Paradigm and Affirming Techniques  ​

8:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:15
Methods To Improve Emotional Regulation ​

10:15 - 12:15
Lunch on your own
12:15- 1:00

Strength Based Approaches 

1:00 - 2:15
Strength Based Approaches Continued 
2:30 - 3:15
Questions and Answers, Collection of evaluation and CEU forms
3:15 - 3:30

Making the Shift: Revolutionary Methods for Autistic Kids

Course Description

Dr. Barry Prizant famously said, “Autism is not a tragedy - it’s a different way of being human.” However, there continues to be a widespread, and very problematic belief that Autistic children need to be “treated” or “fixed” to better fit into the world. This leads to goals that focus on suppressing Autistic traits, leading to low self-esteem and burnout. Autistic advocates have been raising their voices in support of the neurodiversity movement, which rests on the tenant that variations of the human brain are not just natural and inevitable, but a valuable and beautiful piece of human society. Yet, many are still viewing Autistic children as problems to be solved. 

Chris Wenger aka “Speech Dude”, and Jessie Ginsburg aka the “Sensory SLP” are two speech-language pathologists who are dedicated to helping other professionals and families embrace neurodiversity, practice strengths-based approaches, and start focusing on what really matters - accepting and appreciating Autistic children for who they are while supporting their development as people.

In this presentation, Chris and Jessie will discuss how SLPs can use neurodiversity affirming, strengths-based approaches in sessions in order to promote development of social learning, sensory and emotional regulation, and self-advocacy skills. Attendees will walk away inspired to make a shift in their minds, practices, and everyday interactions with Autistic students. If you are ready to transform your approaches with innovative and neurodiversity affirming strategies and tools, then you do not want to miss this.

About The Speaker

Jessie Ginsburg, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Sensory Integration trained speech-language pathologist and CEO of Pediatric Therapy Playhouse, a top-rated clinic in Los Angeles. Through her international publications and talks, and her global Inside Out Sensory Certificate Program, Jessie inspires a new way of thinking about the speech-language pathologist’s role in supporting autistic children.

Chris Wenger, M.S., CCC-SLP is an enthusiastic school-based SLP, internationally-acclaimed presenter, and creator of the Dynamic Assessment of Social Emotional Learning. A prominent thought leader in the field of speech pathology, and known on social media as “Speech Dude,” Chris motivates and entertains fellow educators and clinicians through his humorous and inspiring posts and videos.​

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the neurodiversity paradigm and the importance of using neurodiversity affirming techniques in therapy sessions.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss how regulation affects communication and 4 methods for improving regulation.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how to use strengths and interests to facilitate social connection and learning.​