The Transformative Power of Autistic Self-Knowledge and Self-Advocacy: Speaking Your Truth (Boone, NC)

September 21, 2018 in Boone, North Carolina. Catherine Faherty and co-presenter Jade McWilliams, Artist, Activist, and Autistic Advocate, provide a full-day seminar for teachers, therapists, and other professionals who work on behalf of children and adults on the autism spectrum; autistic adults, friends and allies, parents and family members. This day-long seminar covers the essentials of how to foster authentic self-knowledge and self-advocacy, including when to talk with your child about autism, and how to nurture self-understanding in open and positive ways. Practical, accessible strategies to teach self-advocacy skills will be presented.

When autistic children are raised without self-knowledge and without a daily practice of autism-friendly ways of communicating and asking for help, they may be more susceptible to physical and emotional harm. The consequences of not including these important goals in an authentic manner in a student’s educational program will be discussed in an honest, straightforward, and compassionate manner. Learning to “speak your truth” with confidence – and to first know what your truth is – is most possible with a strong foundation of personal awareness, accessible communication, authentic choice, and mutual respect in the environment. Trigger warning: Emotional, cognitive, physical, and sexual abuse will be mentioned.

Registration, venue, and other information about this September 21, 2018 seminar in Boone will be announced here as it becomes available. Check back in the late winter or early spring of 2018.

10 Guidelines for Telling Your Child about ASD

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, a highly controversial topic of conversation amongst parents and professionals was the question, “Should we tell our child that she has autism?”

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Today most will agree that such self-knowledge is essential, that children need to understand how and why they may feel different from others around them…and what it means. In the absence of accurate information, all sorts of wrong conclusions may automatically fill in the gaps, which negatively affects a person’s self-knowledge. Now the question has changed to “How do I tell my child that she is on the spectrum?” I have developed these guidelines in the years since 1990 when I first tried to explain autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to a 10-year-old boy, one of my former students. The method must be autism-friendly! These ideas are visually clear and orderly, and features the familiar process of sorting concrete pieces of information into two categories. more “10 Guidelines for Telling Your Child about ASD”

Social Stories™ Describing Life! (Greensboro, NC)

Catherine Faherty Boy in TreeJuly 25, 2017 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Catherine Faherty provides training in Social Stories as part of the Summer Institute for North Carolina Public School Special Educators.

Social Stories™ Describing Life! (Kinston, NC)

April 27, 2017 at Caswell Developmental Center in Kinston, North Carolina, sponsored by the University of North Carolina AHEC, specifically for the Allied Health Staff, Psychologists, Social Workers, Direct Care Staff, Nurses, Teachers and other staff at Caswell Developmental Center. This training covers the rationale and practical use of Social Stories with in-depth training in the preparation, writing, and creative use of Social Stories to nurture greater mutual understanding for individuals on the autism spectrum, and those who work with them – therapists, teachers, parents, and others.

What Is True For Me…A Practical Approach to Teaching and Learning Self Advocacy (Asheville, NC)

Communication Form ExampleApril 3, 2017 for the Autism Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina. Since the 1990’s, Catherine Faherty has been committed to discovering what it takes to help children and adults on the autism spectrum to speak for themselves, to speak their truth, to become self-advocates. She shares insights, experiences, and generous practical suggestions – based on understanding and respect for unique learning styles – to best nurture and promote the practice of self-advocacy.

Social Stories™ Describing Life! (Athens, Greece)

Faherty & ΣΑΤΕΑ Board Memberσs2017February 25-26, 2017. Catherine Faherty provides training in Social Stories for members of SATEA, a society of public school special education teachers. This special 2-day seminar is organized and sponsored by the Association of Graduates of the Departments of Special Education,  ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΑΠΟΦΟΙΤΩΝ ΤΜΗΜΑΤΩΝ ΕΙΔΙΚΗΣ ΑΓΩΓΗΣ,  ΣΑΤΕΑ, an organization of public school special education teachers in Greece, to provide continuing education and training  for public school special education teachers. This seminar includes lectures and interactive discussion with Catherine Faherty.  Presentations will be given in English, with simultaneous translation in Greek.

NOTE: This seminar is exclusively for SATEA members. If you are not a public school special education teacher/member of SATEA, you can register for Social Story training with Proseggisi who is offering Social Stories training in Athens with Catherine Faherty, in December 2017.