Saturday, July 10, 2010: 3:15 PM-4:30 PM
Cumberland IJ (Hyatt Regency Dallas)
Participants will explore the reasons it is difficult yet important to share information about ASD to help improve understanding, communication and relationships. Strategies are suggested for deciding what to say, how to say it, when to tell and who to tell when talking about ASD. This includes ideas for explaining what ASD means to the child, siblings and other family members, neighbors, friends and classmates. Issues such as labeling, self-advocacy and self-awareness are explored.
This session will address the following questions:
Why talk about ASD? (to promote awareness, understanding, acceptance and inclusion)
Why is it so hard to talk about ASD? (mixed emotions, limited understanding)
What about labels? (getting over the fear, using appropriate descriptors)
Who needs to know? (Circle of Friends model is used to help decide how much information to share and with whom).
What do I say or share? (Simple explanations and helpful phrases are shared).
When is the right time? (helpful hints for making this decision)
Why and how do I tell my child about their autism? For professionals, how do I help with this process? (self-awareness, self-advocacy and self-acceptance)
Emily D. Iland, M.A.
Author, Advocate, Consultant, President, AS Los Angeles
Emily Iland is the mother of a son with autism, a leader in the autism field, and a professional autism consultant. She is the co-author and translator of Los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo A-Z, winner of the Autism Society Outstanding Literary Work of 2006 and the International Latino Book Award.