TEACCH Fundamentals (Athens, Greece)

Nov 9-11, 2018  in Athens, Greece, Catherine Faherty, TEACCH Certified Advanced Consultant, provides training in the foundational theory and strategies of Structured TEACCHing. For more information or to register, please contact Proseggisi, a Speech and Language clinic, Special Education and training provider based in Athens, Greece. Presentations will be given in English, with simultaneous translation in Greek.

 

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.

Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness Conference (Asheville, NC)

April 14 2018 at the Educational Building of MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center) in Asheville, NC. Catherine Faherty is one of the supporters of this annual conference. This conference welcomes all members of the community – individuals, families, professionals, allies, to listen to autistic speakers sharing their experiences, knowledge, ideas, inspirations. This year’s Autism and the Pursuit of Happinesss Conference will focus on the importance of building community. For more information and to register, visit empowerautism.com/events.

Know Thyself: Nurturing Self-Knowledge, Mutual Understanding, and Self-Advocacy

This event has been postponed to later in 2018. The new date will be posted when confirmed.

Announcing a new seminar in 2018, to be held at the beautiful Dimotiko Theatre in Piraeus, the port city near Athens. 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.

 

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 autistic?” I have developed these guidelines in the years since 1990 when I first tried to explain autism to a 10-year-old boy, one of my former students. The method you use 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”