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Bullying and Autism: What you can do
October 25, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$20
The statistics show that children with autism experience bullying at alarming rates. Their social deficits make them perfect targets. Since we focus a lot on schools and administrative policies, parents often feel helpless in the face of this issue. This lecture series will focus on what parents can do to prevent bullying from happening to their child. Too often we react to bullying instead of putting our energy an resources into avoiding it. Join us as we share concrete ways parents living with autism can protect their child from bullying at home, at school, and in the community.
You will learn: what bullying is and how to help your child recognize it, strategies to teach your child to diffuse a bully, ways to involve peers and school staff in preventing bullying, what the Safe and Support Schools Act will do, how to work with schools and community partners if bullying does occur.
Presenters: Marsha Baer is a retired Autism Specialist through the Minnesota Public Schools. She develops social skills curriculum and leads social skills groups for children with autism. She is the co-author of the book, So You’re Ready for Group.
Shannon Andreson parents a child with autism. She develops programs around common issues affecting parents living with autism and has worked with autism support organizations for more than five years.