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    Connie Persike

    Connie Persike, MS, CCC/SLP, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a master of science degree in speech-language pathology. Connie has 18 years of experience in a variety of educational settings. She began her career at a specialized school for students with autism. During this time, she co-taught with teachers and related service providers across the school day providing programming to students in order to increase independence, communication, social-emotional, self-regulation, academic, and adaptive skills. She went on to become an autism consultant providing support to a variety of school districts across the state and spent time as a member of a leadership team within a local school district. Currently, Connie owns her own company providing consultation and coaching to districts, agencies, and families across the state. She presents at a national level on a variety of topics such as Functional Behavioral Assessments, Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions, autism, anxiety, literacy, and evidence-based interventions. Connie is a member of the American Speech Hearing Association, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Autism Society of Wisconsin. She served as a member of the multi-state work group to help develop the Common Core Essential Elements for English Language Arts as well as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction workgroup to assist in the development of the Enhancing Sensory, Social and Emotional and Self-Regulation Skills in Students with IEPs (ES3) grant. Connie resides in Waunakee, WI with her husband and daughter. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking

    The Best Ways to Help People with Autism Manage Anxiety

    The Best Ways to Help People with Autism Manage Anxiety

    Many children with autism have higher rates of anxiety than their peers. Specifically, nearly 40 percent of children and adolescents with autism are estimated to have clinically significant anxiety or at least one anxiety disorder (Van Steensel et al. 2011). Anxiety is experienced when errors in thinking that include exaggerating threat or danger as well […]

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