Encouraging the Autistic child to thrive: Techniques that work!

Presented by: Diane Snyder, MA & Patricia Walton-Donalies, M. Ed
Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology
September Educational Program will be presented 9/20/2007 at 6:30pm
At Glade Run Lutheran Services Essex House – 5701 Centre Ave, Suite L-12

One of the cornerstones of Adlerian therapy is the use of encouragement. An individual who is having difficulty meeting life’s challenges is seen by Adlerians as being discouraged rather than sick. According to Adler, through the use of encouragement, any individual can feel competent and capable in approaching life’s tasks. How does our understanding of encouragement influence our work with children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder?

This workshop that will explore the use of how Adlerian principles can lead to success in the treatment of children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)…

Objectives:

  1. To define encouragement.
  2. To understand the goals of misbehavior in children.
  3. To be able apply Alderian principles in the treatment of children diagnosed with ASD.

Diane Snyder, MA – Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology (WPSAP). Diane has a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and over 16 years experience as a family therapist. Diane is the former Executive Director of Outreach Teen & Family Services, a counseling agency serving teens and their families throughout Allegheny and Washington counties. Regarded as an authority on adolescents’ risky behaviors, Diane has spoken to students, parents, and staff at several area high schools including Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillian and Brownsville. Diane has been a featured columnist for Mt. Lebanon magazine and in 2006, was named by Pittsburgh magazine as one of Pittsburgh area’s “40 Under 40”. Also in 2006, Diane represented the state of Pennsylvania at the National Nonprofit Congress in Washington DC. She is a founding member of WPSAP.

Patricia A. Walton-Donalies, M. Ed. – Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology (WPSAP), President. Pat has a Master in Education degree in Guidance and Counseling and over 30 years experience working with children and their families. Pat is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and is a former Wraparound Program Manager for an agency serving children and their families throughout Allegheny County, PA. She is presently a Behavior Specialist and Mobile Therapist for Glade Run Lutheran Services in Pittsburgh, PA. Pat is especially well versed in effective behavior management techniques for addressing children’s misbehavior. As an Adlerian-trained practitioner, Pat has shared her expertise with parents and professionals in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and South Carolina. Pat is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and is a founding member and president of WPSAP.

One(1) hour of Continuing Education will be awarded. This program is co-sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for counselors. NASAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NASAP is also approved to sponsor continuing education for ACT 48 for educators in the State of Pennsylvania. There is no fee for attendance. There is a nominal charge of $5.00 for CEs for non-members of WPSAP to cover administrative costs.

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