As a Disability Consultant, I offer parent consultation in Neurodiversity-oriented education planning; professional training in home and community based services, transition to post-secondary education and community life, executive functioning and autism in the workplace; and presentations in, among other things, language and autism acceptance. My approach towards autism is informed by my personal experience and my experiences with my children. All of my presentations and training are researched based and include research-based practices.
When we talk about the future of autistic people, especially autistic children, we often speak of uncertainty. As an autistic parent, I often see long term plans for my children in small steps to get from point A to B. I use my experience as an autistic adult, parent to autistic children and professional experience in transition to adulthood to shape training and presentations to guide others to think of the small steps as well.
melody at asparenting dot com
Presentations and Training:
Teaching and Accommodating Executive Functioning Across the Life Span
Executive Functioning is often the most disabling aspect of an autistic person’s day. Executive functioning skills fall into 8 areas: impulse, initiation, shift, emotional regulation, self monitoring, planning, organization, and working memory.
Many of the primary areas of impairment people recognize as symptoms of autism are executive functioning skills. Shift, for instance, is the ability to stop one task and start another, a hallmark impairment in autistic people. Teaching executive functioning skills and more importantly accommodations make the greatest impact to an autistic person’s daily living.
In this training, we look at education goals, accommodations and a variety of tools that a person can use to break down barriers in their day to day lives.
Home and Community Based Services: What It Is and What It Isn’t
As more states move away from institutionalization, defining what it means to live in the community becomes very important. From the physical size to self determination, we will look at a variety of factors that impact a person’s rights and access to both supports and the larger community. From there, we will analyze how common practices and provider attitudes can create an institutional culture in a community setting.
Language and Awareness: Redefining Support
Language can have a large impact on the way we perceive an issue or a person. “Does that person have autism?” or “Are they autistic?” “Does he have a special need?” or “Does he have a disability?” In this presentation, we look at how the words we choose about autism change the way we approach autistic children. We will use disability studies research and developmental interventions, especially child-led approaches, to make informed decisions to create a positive environment for both autistic children and their parents.
Transition to Adulthood: From Group Homes to Post Secondary Education
Transition to adulthood is daunting, but should it be? Whether transitioning to community living or going to college, certain skills are necessities, and specific services are available. In this session, we will look at the variety of services are available, what laws apply, and what autistic adults need to lead their lives.
I also provided one to one and small group consultation to meet your specific needs. I’d be happy to review your needs and provide a custom presentation or training. All consultation will be based on the social model of disability and Neurodiversity-oriented.