Professional educators face unique challenges and opportunities when working with students with Asperger’s syndrome. With many of these students being taught in inclusive classrooms, understanding how the Asperger’s brain works is an essential skill for teachers, administrators, counselors and other school staff.
1 in 68 children now have autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to the Centers for Disease Control, and the number is far more prevalent in males (1 in 42). A subset of those “on the spectrum” (about 1 in 250 of the general population) is considered to have Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism. And up to 50 percent of these students may be undiagnosed.
Autism can have a varied impact on each child or youth. To the untrained observer, a student with Asperger’s syndrome may seem like a neurotypical student with behavior issues. In this 90-minute webinar, Autism Counselor-Educator Craig McCullough will help educators understand how students with Asperger’s view the world versus other students on the autism spectrum, or compared to students who are neurotypical. Children and youth with Asperger’s typically have very high intelligence and good verbal skills, but are challenged when it comes to social behavioral cues and non-verbal communication. Mr. McCullough, who also parents a child with Asperger’s, will reveal how the Asperger’s brain functions, and draw upon that knowledge to provide strategies to help these students learn and grow in this often complex social world.
This information-packed webinar will cover:
- Learning the language of ASD and autistic behaviors
- Barriers to effective need fulfillment for students with Asperger’s syndrome in a school setting
- The role of developmental trauma to social anxiety at school and in the community
- Tuning into social cognitive delays
- Bridging the gap between autistic thinking and the neurotypical mind
- The difference between a clinical diagnosis and the autistic world
Participants will learn how to:
- Identify connections between the effects of trauma, ASD and Asperger’s
- Create solutions and interventions to help students with Asperger’s succeed at school
- Address difficulties with transitions, sensory processing and other environmental stressors
- Support improved linkage of schools with agencies supporting the developmentally challenged
Who Should Attend:
- Classroom Teachers
- Special Education Personnel
- School Counselors
- School Social Workers
- Principals and Administrators
- At-Risk Coordinators
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ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Craig McCullough has been a counselor educator for the past 20 years working with children and families in various settings. These have included schools, residential day treatment facilities, inpatient hospital programs, community-based models and a traditional psychotherapy practice. He has specialized using various trauma-focused approaches. With the rise in the diagnosis of autism, Craig became more exposed to clients who were on the spectrum. He soon discovered the conventional wisdom surrounding autism to be not entirely adequate in appropriately treating the social and emotional struggles of this population. His family has also been given the challenge and privilege of raising a daughter diagnosed with Asperger’s – which has provided him additional insights.