Image of Diane YapkoHi, my name is Diane Yapko.

Many of you know me as Michael’s wife. Some of you know me as the administrator of this website, program manager of Michael’s trainings, organizer and caretaker at our 100-hour course, and business partner. Still others know me as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In that role, you may know me as a therapist, diagnostician, author or international speaker and presenter. Like many of you, I wear several different hats. This page on the website is designed to allow me to share with you things I am doing or have done that may be of interest to those of you who work with children, especially those with special needs.


Working Hypnotically with Children on the Autism Spectrum

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This article addresses the use of hypnosis within the context of working with children on the autism spectrum. It was originally published in  Italian in L’ipnosi Con i Bambini e Gli Adolescenti (edited by Maria Luara Fasciana and published by FrancoAngeli, Milano Italy). It will also be published in English at a later date.

A Spectrum of Possibilities: Strategies for Working Flexibly with ASD Clients

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This article was originally published in the Family Therapy Magazine (May/June 2008). It  focuses on four common strategies that are effective in working with this population.

Do You See the Forest or the Tree?

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This is a chapter in George Burns’ edited book, Happiness, Healing, Enhancement: Your casebook collection for applying positive psychology in therapy. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2010). In this chapter, I address how positive psychology influences my work with children on the spectrum. The entire book provides case examples of such influence in therapy.

PsychCentral BLOG

I  had the opportunity to blog for a wonderful website called about autism spectrum disorders and more. My blog was therefore appropriately titled, “Autism, Asperger’s & Beyond.” I had chosen to blog for only a few months and as of December 2010, my blogs ended. If you are interested, I’m sure you can still see back blogs.