As children approach and enter the teen years, they must deal with physical growth spurts, mindboggling hormone releases, and ever-changing and challenging social relationships. Children begin to care about being "cool," and classmates may no longer be as tolerant. For pre-adolescent children with ASD, these already complicated physical and social changes are compounded by the typical ASD-difficulties of reading social cues and understanding the behaviors of others. Consequently, children with ASD approaching adolescence have greater transition needs than most typically developing pre-teens.
By the end of elementary school, parents begin to look toward the future. They begin to think about what their children will be when they "grow-up" and worry if their children will ever "catch-up" academically and socially. Other concerns arise from the facts we know - preadolescence is a time children can develop seizures, have greater trouble sleeping, and are faced with greater academic demands at school. All in all, the transition into adolescence is a difficult one and a time when many families realize ASD is a life-long disability, that will require a life-time plan.
Presenters will include experts in the field of autism, including psychology, behavior, medicine, and social work
You will participate in a panel with family members of adolescent children on the autism spectrum
Cost: $25 for parents/guardians, $45 for professionals, $75 for professionals with continuing education credits* includes Resource CD, coffee, tea, and assorted beverages.
* Continuing education credits in Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, and Act 48 are pending approval of appropriate boards.
In order to keep costs low, lunch with NOT be provided. We ask that all participants pack and bring their lunch. Alternately, a light assortment of soups, sandwiches, and salads are available for purchase in the 16th floor cafeteria, and there are several lunch carts in front of the 3535 building.
To register online, please click the "Register Now" button below.
To register by mail, please click "Get more information." Then print, complete, and return the paper registration form, along with your $25, $45, or $75 check or money order. Checks may be made out to "The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia" with "Center for Autism Research" in the memo line.