Past Workshops

Each year, ASD Nest Support Project consultants and other invited specialists present workshops specially geared toward parents of students in the ASD Nest program. Below is a sampling of workshops from previous years. When available, links to video and/or handouts from the presentation will be available here.

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For more information about future parent workshops, visit the Upcoming Workshops page.

­We are grateful to the FAR Fund and the New York City Department of Education for providing the resources that made these workshops possible!


The Social World of Adolescence

Susan Brennan, CCC-SLP
Lead Developer, Social Development Intervention (SDI)
December 4, 2013

To paraphrase Haley Moss, a young woman with ASD, adolescence is not for the faint of heart. For those with social communication differences adolescence can be an extra messy and confusing world to navigate. Susan Brennan discusses the potential challenges of adolescent social world, the power of tapping individuals’ strengths and interests to motivate social engagement, and the potential for adults to illuminate both social expectations and social relevance in order to promote self-advocacy.

Susan Ehlerman Brennan is a speech-language pathologist, writer, presenter and mother. She works with individuals with social cognitive challenges, their families, and professionals to foster dynamic communication, build awareness of cognitive differences (vs. deficits), and encourage interest & strength-based supports. For the ASD Nest program, Susan developed Social Development Intervention (SDI): a developmental and social cognitive language intervention for students with ASD. As co-director of The Social Underground she designs social groups for kids, and consults to museums and schools on autism and social cognition. She is a founding member of The SIMPLE Initiative: a collaboration between autistic individuals and their neurotypical allies. Susan was a guest lecturer at Hunter College for six years and presents around the country.

 Click here to view the workshop.

 Click here to download the presentation handout. (coming soon)

 

The Role of Psychotropic Medications in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Charles Cartwright, MD
Director, YAI Autism Center
March 13, 2013

Dr. Cartwright discusses psychopharmacology in the treatment of core features of autism as well as associated conditions. He explores the current state of the science of treating these core features, namely the social/emotional aspects, the language and communication issues, and cognitive rigidity, inflexibility, and obsessional patterns of interest. The presentation addresses issues around diagnostic evaluation, the role of mood dysregulation, the range of anxiety presentations, the features of impulse control disorders, the presentation of comorbid ADHD, as well as tics and Tourette’s. Dr. Cartwright attempts to separate anxiety-driven repetitive behaviors from urge/impulse-control related repetitive behaviors, and the subsequent treatment implications.

Charles Cartwright, M.D., is Director of the Autism Center at the YAI Network. He is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in children, adolescents and adults. He is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

 Click here to view the workshop.

 Click here to download the presentation handout.

 

Adolescent Development: What Do Our Students Need to Succeed?

Lynda Geller, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Spectrum Services
January 22, 2013

Adolescence is a period of important social, personality, and academic change.  For children on the autism spectrum, this can be a critical time that needs a different kind of attention than for previous kinds of learning.  This presentation will discuss how these changes proceed and what developmental features need attention from families and teachers. 

Lynda Geller, Ph.D., served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Stony Brook University and NYU Medical Schools for 25 years, where she worked on the development of clinical centers providing a wide array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions.  Dr. Geller has a clinical practice in New York City and founded Spectrum Services, a multidisciplinary group dedicated to providing social, psychological, psychiatric, speech and language, vocational training and employment, family support, consulting and coaching services for children and adults with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions.

 Click here to view the workshop.

Click here to download the presentation handout.

 

Talking About Diagnosis with Your Child on the Spectrum

Lynda Geller, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Spectrum Services
May 10, 2012

What should children know about their diagnosis and when should they be told? Understanding yourself is the first step in becoming a self advocate, a skill that is very important in establishing an independent adulthood, and in developing empathic abilities.  However, we need to give children information at their developmental level and decide when this disclosure to them and others will be a positive influence.

Lynda Geller, Ph.D., served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Stony Brook University and NYU Medical Schools for 25 years, where she worked on the development of clinical centers providing a wide array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions.  Dr. Geller has a clinical practice in New York City and founded Spectrum Services, a multidisciplinary group dedicated to providing social, psychological, psychiatric, speech and language, vocational training and employment, family support, consulting and coaching services for children and adults with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions.

 Click here to view the workshop.

Click here to download the presentation handout.

 

Self-Regulation: Strategies for Home and School

Kristie P. Koenig, PhD, OTR/L
January 12, 2010

Kristie Koenig, an occupational therapy consultant for the ASD Nest Support Project, discussed self-regulation and sensory processing, how they relate to students on the autism spectrum. She outlined calming and alterting strategies used by occupational therapists working in the Nest program, and provided tips for parents to incorporate these strategies at home.

 Click here to view the workshop.

Click here to download the presentation handout.