Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #468
CE Offered: BACB
A Mile in My Moccasins: What You Think You Know, But Don't Know About Being an Autism Parent
Monday, May 29, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3C
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: William Tim Courtney, Ph.D.
Chair: William Tim Courtney (Little Star Center)
MICHELE TRIVEDI (The Arc of Indiana)
MARY ROSSWURM (Little Star Center)

Clinicians work with a wide variety of families affected by autism and come to feel as if they are a part of the family and really understand that autism parents and families go through. This panel, made up of three parents who are also in the "field" and are parenting young adults, will discuss what it's truly like to raise a young person with autism. From angry, resentful siblings, to parental guilt, these topics and more will be discussed in a frank manner so the participants will have a better understanding of the autistic life. Marital stress, financial stress and the constant stress of losing services will be addressed. Please don't think you know what an autism parent goes through unless you have walked a mile in their moccasins.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): autism families, autism parents, autistic adults, autistic teenagers



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