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Parents on the Spectrum




60 minutes


About the Course

Parents often learn about autism through diagnosing their children, and through the process, come to recognize the characteristics in themselves. What to do with that information? How does it impact your identity? How do you accommodate for your child’s special needs when you're struggling as well?

This session adapts based on its participants and their needs, but generally sessions offer parents a place to discuss these issues and to explore together. We'll review some relevant research, and discuss strategies for managing daily challenges, but mostly we'll focus on what participants want to talk about.

This workshop is generalized for an adult population, and is designed to be inclusive, meaning encouraged for neuro-typical, autistic and special needs populations alike. We all benefit from interacting and learning from each other. Please remember to be kind and supportive with your feedback.

These facilitated group discussions are a safe space for people with similar circumstances to discuss the unique challenges, frustrations, joys and insights that occur within their group. Ground rules include no dominating the conversation, no shaming, respect for all, and confidentiality. Groups often find a cathartic and heartwarming balance between vulnerability, shared humor and support.

Your Instructor

Audra Olazabal, PhD

Audra Olazabal, PhD

Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology. Autism Educator & Advocate. Play, Creativity & Parenting Expertise.

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