Vocal stimming is among the hardest stimulation to dissect and support, especially when the person is non verbal and unable to communicate the function of the stim. In this episode we look at the behavior through a medical, behavior, and sensory lens with new strategies for each.

About the Guest

Moira Peña, BScOT, MOT Reg. (Ont.) is an occupational therapist working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto who has dedicated her career to supporting individuals who experience sensory processing challenges.  She is an Expert Hub Team member of the  ECHO Ontario Autism Program which aims to further develop pediatricians and school psychologists’ skills to screen, diagnose and manage children and youth with ASD in Ontario. She has presented across Canada to parents, teachers, pediatricians, occupational therapists and other allied health care professionals. She holds training credentials from the STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Institute Center in Denver, Colorado, USA, and is a Lecturer (Status Appointment) in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.

Mentioned in Episode

Article on vocal and verbal stimming written by Moira

“Thinking in Pictures” by Temple Grandin