It is time for a new way to understand Autistic children, adolescents, and adults, and their families and design an appropriate societal infrastructure to assist their families to grow beyond caretaking roles and thrive as the whole people they are.
June 9th, 2012 (Saturday)
1:00 PM t0 3:00 PM
Dan Quiggins is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in child and family therapy with children with mild Autism and Asperger Syndrome (AS) for the past 12 years in his private practice. He’s also done many evaluations with these children and advocated for their educational needs in the school setting. He’ll present a new, more comprehensive way to look at Autism and AS that would have far-reaching consequences for the kinds of services children and families would receive from medical and mental health providers, schools, and insurance companies. More importantly, he would show a way for families to advocate for themselves and their children to improve functioning and long-term independence for everyone.
Presenting a way for families to advocate for themselves and their children to improve functioning and long-term independence for everyone.
Autism prevalence has increased dramatically, especially over the course of the last 10 years. While higher incidence has also lead to greater awareness and a broadening array of resources, there is still great misunderstanding about what Autism is as well as a severe lack of services to accommodate the many of needs of people on the Autism Spectrum.
The list of needs of, and challenges faced by, the Autism community are many, and varied, and include : misdiagnosis including non-identification and mis-identification; insufficient resources; social skills; communication problems; routinistic behavior; executive functioning; mood problems; sensory integration and more.
With such an extensive list, it is safe to say that Autism is not limited to social skills, communication, and routinistic behavior. It is, in fact, time for a new way to understand these children, adolescents, and adults, and their families that acknowledges the comprehensive way in which they struggle on a daily basis. Only then can we design the appropriate societal infrastructure required to support these individuals to function in society and to assist their families to grow beyond caretaking roles and thrive as the whole people they are.