Awareness and Acceptance: Supporting Families of Children with Autism, Prenatal Drug Exposure, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Angela Searcy M.S., D.T
December 6, 2013
Time: 9:00 – 3:00
Contact Hours: 4.5
AOTA CEUs: .45
Hampton Inn and Suites
8936 Calumet Ave.
Munster, IN 46321
Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists, Early Intervention Providers and Parents!
Angela Searcy M.S., D.T. holds a B.A. degree in English and secondary education with teacher certification though the state of Illinois and a M.S. degree in early childhood development from Erikson Institute, with a specialization in Infant Studies and a credential in developmental therapy. Angela is the owner and founder of Simple Solutions Educational Services, a professional development provider for all levels of education including early intervention, elementary, middle and high school. She has been a feature on Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Matters, Chicago Parent and Chicago Baby Magazines and is a regular speaker for the Learning and the Brain Conference Sponsored by Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities. A former associate at the Neuropsychology Diagnostic Center in Orland Park, Illinois, Angela has specialized training in the neurosciences and is a nationally recognized speaker with extensive experience working with professionals, young children, and their families as an early childhood teacher, child development specialist, staff developer, mental health consultant, parent educator, language arts teacher, college professor and tutor.
The morning portion of this workshop will explore the environmental and genetic causes for autism and help professionals in the early intervention system support families who may be dealing with trying to understand a diagnosis within the autism spectrum. The stages of acceptance will also be explored, as well as the effect the diagnosis may have on siblings.
The afternoon portion of this workshop will focus on supporting families who have children with prenatal drug exposure or fetal alcohol syndrome. Because drug abuse is a disease that is prevalent among all populations of all racial and ethnic origins levels of education and economic status; it is important for those working with families to gain a basic understanding of the risk factors that lead to addiction and the consequences for both the mother and the fetus. Participants will learn not only how to recognize symptoms, but also understand which ones are temporary, and which ones appear at various stages of development. This will help them provide appropriate intervention strategies within natural environments.
Participants attending this workshop will be able to:
- Participants will understand the environmental and genetic causes for autism
- Participants will identify ways to support families who may be dealing with an diagnosis within the autism spectrum and understand the stages of acceptance
- Participants will understand the differences between drug exposure and fetal alcohol syndrome
- Participants will be able to understand the understand the risk factors that lead to addiction
- Participants will understand the symptoms and how to provide interventions in the natural environment
|9:00–9:30am||Welcome and understanding ASD|
|9:30–10:30am||Environmental and genetic causes|
|10:45–11:45am||The stages of loss and support for families|
|11:45–12:00pm||Wrap up and Q and A|
|12:00–12:30pm||Risk factors that lead to addiction|
|12:30–1:30pm||Recognizing symptoms and providing support|
|2:45–3:00pm||Wrap Up and Q & A|