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

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $90.00

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, MSW, LSW, has focused the majority of her forty year career as a social worker and educator with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her particular focus has been complex issues facing families of children with autism and strategies to establish a positive and inclusive quality of life. She is a frequent presenter on family therapy and developmental disabilities for state and national conferences (Council for Exceptional Children/Division of Early Childhood). She has also served as an instructor at Erikson Institute on this topic. She also lectures for the School of Social Service Administration/University of Chicago in their professional education workshops.

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