The Center for Autism Research holds ongoing workshops for families and professionals affected by autism.
To see upcoming dates for the workshops below, please review CHOP's Center for Autism Research events calendar.
Next Steps Workshop for Families of Young Children
This workshop is geared toward parents of young children newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Topics include an overview of ASD, available therapies and treatments, intervention options and tips for supporting children and families living with ASD. Presenters include specialists in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, speech and language development, occupational therapy, and special education law. There is also a panel discussion that includes parents and families who have experienced the next steps with children diagnosed with ASD.
Next Steps into Adolescence
This workshop is for parents of a pre-adolescent or adolescent child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As children approach and enter the teen years, they must deal with physical growth spurts and hormonal changes, as well as challenging social relationships. These complicated physical and social changes are compounded by the typical difficulties associated with ASD, such as rigidity, obsessions and compulsions, and social skills deficits. Consequently, children with ASD approaching adolescence have greater transition needs than most typically developing pre-teens.
The workshop will feature presentations from experts in psychology, behavior health, medicine, social work and education. There is also a panel discussion that includes parents who have adolescents diagnosed with ASD to discuss their experiences and answer questions from participants.
Next Steps into Adulthood
This is a workshop and resource fair for individuals with autism, their family members and support professionals. Experts in autism, psychology, behavior, education, law, healthcare and social work will share ideas, resources, and tools to help pave the road to a more independent adult life.
ASD is a lifelong disability that requires a lifetime plan. Attendees will participate in small-group discussions related to navigating ASD as an adult. Preparing for adulthood may involve entering a new environment, handling different social situations and responsibilities, and adapting to changes in a comfortable routine. Individuals with ASD and those who support them face decisions and logistical planning that affect every aspect of life: healthcare, domestic life, finances, relationships, education, and employment or alternative roles in the community.
Next Steps Workshop for Professionals
This is a workshop for professionals working with children newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Topics include an overview of ASD, available therapies and treatments, intervention options and tips for supporting families living with ASD. Researchers from the Center for Autism Research present their studies. Other presenters include specialists in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, speech and language development, occupational therapy and social work. There is also a panel discussion that includes parents and families that have experienced the next steps with their children diagnosed with ASD.