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.
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.
June 11-14 2018 at Christmount Retreat Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina. As a member of a training team of autism professionals and autistic campers, Catherine provides a week-long training for this summer’s camp counselors at Camp Lakey Gap, an overnight summer camp for children and adults on the autism spectrum.
For more information about this wonderful autism-friendly camp for autistic children and adults, visit www.camplakeygap.org
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.
December 16-17, 2017 in Athens Greece. Catherine Faherty provides training in Social Stories™ to therapists and teachers, sponsored by Proseggisi, a special education clinic in Athens.
A program to educate children about differences; to foster empathy and mutual understanding; with the option of supporting self-expression/self-advocacy by children on the spectrum.
Understanding Friends is designed to be presented to classes of students in the elementary and middle grades. Adaptations can be made for older classes. This article contains lesson plans and a list of supplies that you will need. After presenting this program in all its revisions, to thousands of students since 1985, I have found that usually it is most effective to go beyond the generic program (Option A) and to discuss specific issues, giving accurate information about real students in concrete situations. Options B and C will help you with this. Option D suggests ways to include the student with ASD in the presentation of this program, if so desired by the student. more “Understanding Friends”
July 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.
Catherine Faherty has been working with autistic children and adults since the 1980’s. She has developed strategies and ideas for teachers, parents, and most importantly, for children and adults, themselves. Here is a sampling of ideas that may be useful to you. Check back periodically for new ideas.
Catherine Faherty trains camp counselors, and consults to “Christ the Good Shepherd Special Needs Family Camp” at the Greek Orthodox Diakonia Center in Salem, South Carolina. This program serves the whole family with autistic family members. This year’s camp counselor training and camp weekend is May 25-28, 2017.