Our Child Just Got an Autism Diagnosis: Now What? Extraordinary Speaker Meetings / Winter-Spring 2017

  • 07 Feb 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville


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Topic: Our Child Just Got an Autism Diagnosis: Now What? 



Learning that their child has autism can be an overwhelming experience for many parents. In addition to understanding what the autism spectrum is, parents struggle to figure out what, if any, therapies may improve their child’s quality of life. This speaker meeting will give you an overview of some of the most common therapies that benefit autistic children. This meeting is appropriate for families whose child, regardless of age, has just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as well as parents who are looking for new ideas.

xMinds will also kick of its first “Resource Exchange” at this month’s speaker meeting. Please bring a resource that you no longer need and would like to donate to an xMinds family. We will have some resources available for you to take in exchange for your donated resource or a small monetary donation. Resources could include books, DVDs, small therapy equipment, games, etc.

Susan M. Abrams, M.A.CCC-SLP is the founder and director of Center for Communication and Learning (CCL). She is a pediatric Speech – Language Pathologist with over thirty years experience evaluating and treating children with speech, language and social learning disorders in Montgomery County. Ms. Abrams has completed the Social Thinking clinical training program with Michelle Garcia Winner CCC-SLP, in San Jose, California.

Teri Kozlowski, OTR is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 24 years of experience who specializes in working with infants, toddlers, and children from birth through 5 years of age. She has extensive experience with the diagnosis and treatment of a range of developmental problems or delays, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing problems (sensory modulation and praxis) and regulatory problems.

Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. is a certified RDI consultant and a special needs care navigator at Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC. Her Special Needs Navigation Services are designed to help parents learn how to access resources and knowledge so they can confidently and effectively help their children. As an RDI™ consultant, Dr. Wayland works with parents to show them how to teach their children the essential skills that make relationships work.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850 (enter Building 1 through the courtyard entrance)

(*) Members Reserved seats will be held only until 5 minutes past start time of the meeting. After that time, reserved seats will be open for walk-ins.

Upcoming Event

Friday, March 10, 2017; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Topic: Interactive Screening of Be Safe

Speaker: Pathfinders for Autism 

Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cost: Free  - limited space for 20 participants plus one parent or caregiver.  Register here

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