How I went from the confused and defeated clinician to helping thousands of SLPs create assessment and treatment plans that actually work.

Before there was ASD from the Inside Out...there was a confused and defeated therapist.

Frustrated about lack of progress.

Questioning my therapy approaches.

Wondering if these kids would ever "make it" in the real world despite knowing that I had their absolute best interest at heart.

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Ice Cream, Imagination, and a Bad Case of Imposter Syndrome

It was not a walk in the park to get here.

While I was thoroughly trained in my first job by not one, but three incredible mentors, and my transition from trainee to clinician was fast-paced and smooth...

The road to finding myself as a therapist was not fast or smooth.

I was hit with a major case of imposter syndrome. When I would see the silhouette of a supervisor peeking through the observation window on my door...being a therapist felt harder and scarier than it should. There were a lot of evening ice cream sessions. I dreamed of better days ahead.

My imagination brought me from there to here. I would say from A to Z, but it wasn't that linear or simple. It was more like "over the river and through the woods..."

When I started to rethink my assessment process and redesign my treatment sessions....

I started making a greater impact.

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It wasn't as easy as 1...2...3

I was ready to make a difference but it wasn't going to be easy.


One of my clients was a 3 year old boy who was nonverbal. Did I mention our sessions were 3 hours long?!

I tried anything and everything (and I mean everything) to connect with this boy.


It was time for me to submit a video for all of the clinical supervisors to review. I was terrified.


I took a video of him dancing on the table and jumping off into my arms. He was the most connected and engaged I'd ever seen him. I was sure these supervisors had never seen him like this. I was so excited for them to see it.


By the way, if you didn't see this coming, a little word to the wise: Do not submit a video to your supervisors in which you are encouraging a toddler to stand and jump off of furniture. Lesson learned.


But I also learned that sometimes it takes wildly unconventional ideas to truly connect with a child.

I was on a mission.

I discovered that in order to make a difference, not only in a child's communication skills, but in his life, I needed to think in a new way.

So I did a "brain dump" of everything I knew about working with kids on the spectrum. And I learned:

  • Language and social skills are not the only areas that SLPs should be assessing

  • ​Intrinsic motivation is a key element that is often overlooked

  • ​A child's learning starts with human connection

And after I had too many "ah ha" moments to count...

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I created an Autism Core Skills Evaluation that helped me morph into confident therapist ready to change the kid at a time.

And the best part is...

I have the honor of helping therapists just like you.


With a simple & quick informal assessment.

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Start diving inside out.

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A Little About Me

Mom to two always adorable and mostly sweet little boys, Connor (4) and Tucker (2)

Founder of Pediatric Therapy Playhouse, a multidisciplinary clinic in Los Angeles

Contributor to the American Speech Language Hearing Association magazine

Viral video creator

Board member of the California Speech Language Hearing Association 

Hometown is Carmel, California

Have had my mini-horse, Fritz, since I was 9 years old


Kick It Into Overdrive

The American Speech Language Hearing Association Leader


Four Simple Steps to Social Skills Success

The American Speech Language Hearing Association Leader


Replacing the Countdown for Young Kids with Autism

The American Speech Language Hearing Association Leader Live


Focus on Fun: Words Will Follow

The American Speech Language Hearing Association Leader


Help Kids with Autism Plan, Not Just Execute

The American Speech Language Hearing Association Leader


Treatment of Pragmatic Language Disorders in Preschool and School-Aged Children

The Speech-Language Pathology Casebook


Motivate Every Child to Communicate:

Floortime-Based Speech and Language Therapy

American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention


Thinking-Based Approach to Social Interaction: Organizing and Implementing Social Skills Groups

American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention


Simple Steps to Social Skills Success

FACTx Conference


Treating Challenging Neurological Disorders

California Speech Language Hearing Association Convention


1 in 100 Babies Born with Cytomegalovirus

California Speech Language Hearing Association Convention

Early Language Development & Autism

University of California, Los Angeles Guest Lecturer

The Autism Breakthrough

San Joaquin County Office of Education


Treating Children with Complex Communication Needs

California State University, Fullerton Guest Lecturer

Increasing Engagement in Children with Autism:

A Parent Coaching Model for Teletherapy

BrIQht Ideas

What Lies Beneath: Why We Should Tune In to Challenging Behaviors Instead of Time Out

Reading with TLC


How to Enhance Your Child's Speech Development

Mother Mag


Toddler Separation Anxiety and Other 2-Year Old Social Milestones


Meet Jessie Ginsburg of Pediatric Therapy Playhouse

Voyage LA


Alumni Spotlight: Jessie Ginsburg

Chapman University


Intrinsic Motivation Featuring Jessie Ginsburg

SLPs Wine and Cheese Podcast, Episode 83


The Power of Intention and Taking Action in this Unusual Time with Jessie Ginsburg

Stacking Your Team Podcast, Episode 107


Teletherapy, Autism, Motherhood & Entrepreneurship with Jessie Ginsburg 

The Power Mom Minute Podcast, Episode 12


Growing her Private Practice, Her Education Business,  and Her Impact with Jessie Ginsburg

Private Practice Success Stories Podcast


Let's Try Using Intrinsic Motivation with Jessie Ginsburg

SLP Coffee Talk Podcast, Episode 28


Two SLPs Talk Autism and Positive Self-Concept

ASHA Voices Podcast


Sensory Processing, Sensory Patterns, & Sensory Preferences

The SLP Corner Podcast, Episode 47


Building Engagement for Students with Autism

Autism Outreach Podcast, Episode 4

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