On February 12, 2016, I am a motivational speaker for the Society for Autism in Calgary, Alberta. The event, held at the Carriage House Inn will bring over 60 staff members to celebrate success and rejuvenate spirits.
Staff consist of Early Intervention Therapists, who are responsible for the safety of the children and for implementing program objectives. Other staff members on the care team include a behavioural therapist, psychologist, speech language pathologist, family support worker, social work and occupational therapist.
The teams goal is to provide comprehensive treatment, education and consulting for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder all have different treatment needs. Some of the challenges they have are behavioural, may involve communication skills, socialization issues and many children have challenges with daily living skills.
What the Early Intervention Therapists and the rest of the team do is practice basic living skills with children and their families.
Many parents, when they find out their child has Autism, are in shock. They will feel uncertain about their childs future, and they want a solution or improvements to happen quickly. However, treatment often takes time- this team is skilled at celebrating small improvements and giving families hope.
I look forward to being the final motivational speaker on the agenda for the Calgary Society for Treatment of Autism.