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The Autism Family Across the Lifespan: Caring for the Individual and the Family
October 1, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
A child’s diagnosis of Autism impacts the entire family as priorities shift, finances are stretched, and roles and responsibilities are thinned. Frequently, professionals and family members alike focus primarily on the child with Autism, and the family system is overlooked. Help increase the quality of life for one Autism Family by attending a workshop that reviews Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan, for both the individual and the family. Learn the signs and symptoms of Autism, the warning signs of parental burnout, how to safeguard against burnout, and how you can reach out and offer support to those in need. Discover area resources for individuals and families that target each age group, from early intervention to transitional and vocational services to long-term care. Hear from a parent who has and continues to walk this walk with her adult son. Improved quality of life for both the individual with Autism and the entire family is possible.
3 CEUs will be offered for LCSW, LMFT, and LPC
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Check in will begin 15 minutes prior to the program beginning. Due to video filming, late attendees will be asked to view the presentation in the Green Room.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Dr. Williams is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director Training and MindWorks Testing at Krist Samaritan Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Washington, D.C. and completed her internship at The May Institute in Boston and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Throughout her training, Dr. Williams received extensive instruction in the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning differences, ADHD, behavioral concerns, and mood and anxiety based disorders in addition to behavioral assessment and consultation services. She currently provides individual child/adolescent and family therapy services, parent training and support, psychological testing, school consultation services, and supervision to students in graduate/post-graduate level training at Krist Samaritan Center.
Ms. Cooper is a speech-language pathologist with Bay Area Speech, Division of the Krist Samaritan Center. She has worked for over four decades with children and adolescents with communication disorders, ranging from articulation, language, and childhood apraxia of speech to Autism Spectrum Disorders, including social skills. While most of her experience has been in the public school setting, Ms. Cooper currently sees clients at Krist Samaritan Center, working to improve individuals’ ability to communicate with families, peers, and the world at large.
Debbie Moon is the mother of a son diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).