I’m not sure who enjoys these conversations more - our conference attendees, the young adult panelists, or me. I’ve known these individuals for decades and to say I’m proud of all they’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish is an understatement.
These amazing autistic adults not only advocate for themselves and others daily, but they also contribute to local, national, and international learning events and provide first-hand insights into the experiences of people growing up with ASD. They reflect on how they were prepared and explain capacities and skills they wish they had (or wish were stronger). But most importantly, they provide suggestions for what we can do now to help adults. Equally as important, what can we do in the early stages of development to foster success for people with ASD in the 21st century.
I’m thrilled to team up with this group for Profectum’s upcoming virtual Educators Conference next week. This year, they will use Dr. Temple Grandin’s new book, Navigating Autism: 9 Mindsets For Helping Kids on the Spectrum, as an inspiration for their talk.
Like Dr. Grandin’s book, this conference will provide educators, clinicians, paraprofessionals, parents - anyone interacting with individuals with autism and special needs - with practical tools and strategies to help support individual profiles, understand behaviors, foster social, emotional, and cognitive growth, independence, working with teams, and ethics for respecting, communicating, and working with families.
I hope you’ll consider joining me, our incredible autistic adult panelists, and the many talented paraprofessionals, educators, professionals, parents, and autistic advocates presenting at Profectum’s 3rd Annual Educators Conference next week on November 4th and 5th.
For more information, please visit: https://profectum.org/profectum-educators-conference-2021/
P.S. - Be sure to watch through the Bloopers! ;)
Monica Osgood has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families for over 30 years. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Celebrate the Children (CTC) School in Denville, NJ. Monica is also a Board Member and a Founding member of the Profectum Foundation and the Executive Director and Founder of Limitless.