It Takes a Village: Working with Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (0-36 Months)

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Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013

Course #: W736

Time: 9 a.m. - Noon

Cost: $90

Credit Available: 0.3 CEUs; 3 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Project for 1 credential hour in the area of Atypical Development, 1.25 hours in the area of Intervention, and 0.75 hours in the area of Working with Families


Grief, loss, and stress management in a family are critical issues that can arise following a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in a child. This workshop offers an exploration of the impact of these issues on the family, in the contexts of culture, religion, race, and other variables. Participants will explore how to help such families access treatment services from the beginning phases of diagnosis, and even beyond 36 mos. Environmental, medical, and alternative therapies will be discussed and assistive technology addressed, as well as ethical issues and their impact on families and children. Participants are invited to enhance their practice by developing strategies in the workshop to work collaboratively with families through case presentation and consultation.


Laura Wald, LCSW

Laura Wald, L.C.S.W., has been a social worker for over thirty five years. Her expertise is in the field of developmental disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders. The vast majority of her career has been in schools, specifically, special education programming working directly with children with developmental challenges and their families. She has also worked extensively with children with learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. She is a regular presenter on Autism Spectrum Disorders and their impact on families in the Erikson Institute Professional Workshop Series as well as The School of Social Administration for The University of Chicago. She has lectured about these issues at local, state and national conferences. Her particular area of interest has been working with families through all life cycle phases, helping families to access resources, including financial monies, as well as obtaining assistance by working collaboratively with school systems, and the community.

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