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.

Know Thyself: Nurturing Self-Knowledge, Mutual Understanding, and Self-Advocacy (Athens, Greece)

Announcing this new seminar in 2018, in Athens, Greece. Catherine Faherty offers essential information and encouragement to parents, teachers, therapists, and autistic adults, titled Γνωθι Σ’αυτον (“Know Thyself”). It covers the rationale, along with practical strategies for parents, teachers, therapists, and autistic adults to nurture self-knowledge, mutual understanding, and self-advocacy. Since the 1990’s Catherine Faherty has championed autistic children’s rights to know themselves – and to speak for themselves. The seminar date is not yet confirmed and may be subject to change.

 

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.