Introducing: The Speech Helper

Categories: Communication | Resources

There have been some changes floating around The Autism Helper lately and if you are very observant you might have picked up on it already. I am very excited to announce and introduce the newest member of The Autism Helper team – Sarah Gast aka The Speech Helper! Sarah is a Speech Language Pathologist and I could not be more thrilled to add her to our team to bring a more well rounded approach to The Autism Helper.

Being multidisciplinary is important to me. We need to look at things from a variety of perspectives and work together with different clinicians. Sarah and I have been working together on a variety of different resources, posts, and ideas to share with you. Combining the best parts of Speech Language Pathology, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Special Education is sure to provide the most effective practice for you and your students!


Here is a little background information about Sarah:

Sarah Gast is a speech-language pathologist and has eight years of experience working in the school setting and with private clients.  Sarah has worked and collaborated with Sasha for the past 5 years and is excited to join The Autism Helper.  Sarah writes blogs to share strategies and resources she uses to help facilitate communication with her students.  She received her undergraduate degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University and has a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University.

Sarah and I have worked together for 5 years and have become one of those amazing collaboration teams where we are always on the same page. It makes working together so much fun. Not only does Sarah bring a Speech Pathologist voice to The Autism Helper but she also brings a varied and diverse area of expertise. Currently, Sarah works with clients age 3-14 both with and without disabilities. Sarah works on pragmatic skills, articulation, social thinking skills, and more! Sarah loves working with the preschool population and we have had a blast collaborating on items that have worked beautifully in the preschool setting!

Check out some of the resources that Sarah has already brought to us:

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Sarah’s posts and resources will typically be on Tuesdays so be on the lookout for that. If you have any specific questions or looking for advice in a specific area – please let us know! I can’t wait to see wait Sarah brings us next!



  1. Awesome, what did you recommend to work on echolalia?, the one that I have is more on TV shows. I start saying what I want to hear from the student and is working out well he is repeating. What else I can do to spot that TV shows all day echolalia.

  2. How about something for the 12-14 age range where swallowing clovers doesn’t quite work a bulldozers would be a great hit even a leaf blower go hard or go home in middle school!

  3. Yay Sarah! Excited to see your contributions!


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