K-1: Severe Autism from a Parent’s Perspective, Told in Clichés
January 14, 2023 08:00am 09:30am Heroes Ballroom
Parents of severely autistic children face many unique challenges, from managing dangerous behaviors, to fighting for desperately needed supports and services, to balancing a host of competing demands, possibly including but not limited to job, spouse, and other kids, to ensuring that — despite all those obstacles and so many others — their child’s life is filled with joy and meaning. This talk offers the perspective of a parent of a 24-year-old severely autistic son: the issues I faced, how (and whether) I resolved them, as well as the policy and societal changes I continue to fight for as an advocate for those most disabled by autism.
- Articulate the symptoms most commonly associated with severe autism and appreciate how this end of the spectrum differs from milder presentations of the disorder
- Understand the particular stressors on families of severely autistic children
- Identify interventions likely to improve the quality of life of severely autistic children and their families