The workshop is from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Northborough Public Library on 34 Main Street, Northborough, MA. It offers a deeper look at the different levels of social development in children with autism. “It is important for parents to have a thorough understanding of their child’s social world in order to help them succeed in life,” says Swanberg. “There is more to social development than meets the eye. It involves everything from bedtime routines to college readiness and from sharing toys to creating lasting friendships.”
Kimberly Welch, art therapist at The Friendship Network, explains the need for this workshop. "Working with autistic children, I have seen first-hand how social confusion has a dramatic negative impact on their lives. More than most people realize. We need to meet the children where they are at and then provide the necessary support and encouragement so life is not overwhelming.”
"Many interventions try to correct symptoms without regard to feelings; we take the child’s whole development into consideration,”
Swanberg and Welch will facilitate the workshop and both are professional counselors specializing in autism. The parent workshop is open to the public, and professionals and other family members welcome to attend.
For additional information on The Friendship Network for Children or to pre-register for the workshop, visit http://www.networkforchildren.org