by Catherine Faherty, written in 2010, remains valid – in fact essential – today.
Treatment options and teaching strategies in the field of autism spectrum disorders abound, and most if not all dictate that individuals with ASD must ultimately change something about themselves: how they act, how they behave, how they respond to others, the way they think, what they think – how they interact and communicate. Most non-autistic people may not be aware of – nor acknowledge the courage it takes for children and adults on the spectrum to respond to a teacher’s or parent’s unquestioned expectations that they change something as basic as their natural way of interacting and communicating. On top of that, students more often than not, experience our teaching objectives and “their” educational goals as random, or even nonsensical demands. more “Make Agreements To Improve Mutual Communication”
About mentoring in general:
In some countries, finding a mentor is customary for teachers and therapists in their early years of practice. They typically seek out and ask an experienced professional to be their mentor – someone whom they have heard about, or have attended their lecture or seminar – someone whom they want engage in a learning relationship with. more “FAQ About Catherine Faherty’s Mentoring”
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, children and adults. Here is a sampling of ideas, and things to think about. Check back monthly for new ideas.
Teachers and parents can follow these instructions on how to make a funny, goofy game about making and correcting mistakes that your students or children can play, with the whole family or whole class!
SKILL TO LEARN: How to acknowledge that a mistake is discovered; understand that mistakes can be corrected; and feel okay with mistakes and the act of correcting.
NEW UNDERSTANDING: It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes can be corrected. Some mistakes can be funny. It’s even okay to laugh about one’s own mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Mistakes aren’t “bad”. Mistakes can be keys to learning new things.* more “THE MISTAKE GAME”
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.
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.
April 7, 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 full day training is an in-depth overview of the rationale and implementation of a variety of visually structured strategies for a variety of purposes, from organizational skills to communication support; and for a wide range of individuals, from children to adults.
April 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.
November 11-13, 2016 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.