How to talk to my family & friends about my child's autism
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How to talk to my family & friends about my child's autism

Learn about autism, how to speak to family, friends, professionals & resources available to help your child w/ autism.
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Created by Valarie Whiting
Last updated 1/2015
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This course includes
  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
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What you'll learn
  • Understand the basics of autism
  • Learn skills for helping your child with autism

  • Discover resources available in your area for assistance

  • Know how to ask for assistance
  • How to talk with your family and friends
  • How to speak to professionals
Requirements
  • None needed
Description

As a parent of a child with autism, it can be a daunting task looking for help and information. This 35 minute class will begin the conversation to prepare you and your family for living with autism. I have been working with individuals and autism spectrum disorder since 1980. Currently, I am the Director of Staff Development for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. This ensures my varied background working with families.

I can offer you direction, support and assistance in speaking with professionals. I can help you talk about autism with your family and friends. In this course, you will learn:

1. What can I do as a parent of a child with autism?

2. What resources are out there for families who have children with autism?

3. How do I talk to my family and friends about autism and our child?

4. What therapies are available for individuals with autism?

5. How do I "speak" about autism with the professionals?

6. What do all the autism acronyms mean?

Today, almost everyone knows someone with autism. And yet, there is rarely any information on how we can support a family with this diagnosis. All too often, because people don't know what to do…they do nothing! I will provide you with guidance on having that conversation with friends and family. You will need those close to you to have understanding about how this affects your family. I will provide you with guidance on having that conversation with “The Professionals”. It may not be easy…but you will need them.

I commend and praise you for taking these first steps in educating yourself about your child's autism.

You know what they say 'knowledge is power' and you will need both!

This will be a life-long journey. Dr. V-

Who this course is for:
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Grandparents
  • Direct support professionals
  • Child care professionals
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 39:38
+ Autism and me
3 lectures 03:42
What if I need help?
1 page

Pre-test

Let's check your knowledge
5 questions

Introduction to your instructor Dr Valarie Whiting, Director of Training and Professional Development in Massachusetts at the Department of Developmental Disabilities since 2004.

Preview 03:42

Video welcome from me to class

A video of welcome from me
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+ Autism! What do I need to know?
3 lectures 07:02

Technical names for various autism and autism spectrum disorders are discussed

Types of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
02:26

Learn the most common difficulties children with autism experience

Preview 02:47
+ Being a parent and a family...
2 lectures 11:56

Loving, supporting and remembering this is YOUR child!

Practicing your parenting skills - things to remember...
07:46

Finding help with telling family and friends

How do I tell your family...what do I say...
04:10
+ What's available for help?
1 lecture 01:53

Very brief overview of the most popular therapies available to children with autism

Brief overview of autism therapies
01:53
+ How to work the 'system' - Where to seek assistance? What do I say?
1 lecture 07:19

Learn how the languages of the professionals - what are the common phrases, how to talk and get services

Working the 'system'
07:19
+ Local and national resources to assist you
1 lecture 02:48

Inside information about sources not readily advertised...unless you're in the know!

How to find local resources and help
02:48
+ What now?
2 lectures 00:02
Where do we go from here?
1 page
Announcements
00:02
End of course quiz
4 questions