|'Do's and Don'ts for Parenting Children with Autism'|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:40|
One in 88 children are diagnosed with some form of autism disorder. Some cases are more severe, thus presenting more parenting challenges.
Park Center is offering a free community educational program, “Do’s and Don’ts for Parenting Children with Autism” on Thursday, August 23, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Auditorium, 900 Library Plaza, in Fort Wayne.
Practical tips and information will be shared for parents and caretakers, including learning what to do and what not to do in order to promote successful behavior change, deal with problem behaviors, and teach independence. Although every child with autism is different, there are universal strategies that can be individualized to meet each child’s needs.
This presentation includes helpful suggestions when dealing with transitions, promoting independence, setting limits, and coping with tantrums. The relationship of stress and anxiety to rigidity and predictability will be discussed. There will be ample time for discussion and questions.
The presenter is Judith Coucouvanis, MA, PMHCNS-BC. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical specialist at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She specializes in the treatment of children with severe behavior challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She trains nationally on ASD topics of behavior management, social skills training, psychopharmacology, educational strategies, and toilet training. She is the author of “Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-functioning Autism and Related Challenges” (2005), and the award winning book “The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children.”