Part of a Series of Workshops Supporting Children Living with Development Disabilities: A Strengths Approach
Anastasia Galanopoulos, PhD, instructor
What is autism – or the autism spectrum? This workshop will examine the nature of autism spectrum disorders and the challenges professional face in working with children (through middle school age) who have received such a diagnosis. Discussion will include the most current research findings on causation and review recommended educational practices. Participants will brainstorm problem-solving strategies using fictional case studies. The workshop will explore communication patterns involving active listening, a practice which is especially helpful when adults must engage in sensitive conversations about these children. This workshop will also identify specific resources related to autism spectrum disorders which can inform both professionals and families.
Participants will gain the ability to:
1. identify and/or discuss current knowledge on the causes of autism
2. list and/or discuss characteristics of behavior of children on the autism spectrum
3. identify examples of strategies for inclusive teaching practice
4. identify resources for professionals and families working/living with autism
Program Code: DD251
2.5 CE Credits, .25 CEUs, or 2.5 PDPs
Location: at Freedman Center, Newton
Anastasia Galanopoulos, Ph.D., is a child development and parenting education expert with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies. She has taught at Wheelock College and Pennsylvania State University. For over 15 years, she has taught students and professionals working with children and families, and led workshops in academic and community settings. Anastasia is the mother of three.