Welcome to the Awesome of Being Different. Together.
Waukesha County Technical College
Presented by Jennifer O'Toole
October 1, 2015
Richard T. Anderson Education Center, 800 Main St, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Early Bird Registration July 6-31, 2015 Member: $100 Non-Member: $125
General Registration August 1- September 21, 2015: Member: $125 Non-Member: $150
An Aspie, mother of three Asperkids, best selling author of the Asperkids series, teacher, and social worker, whatever your connection to the spectrum might be….it’s one she shares. And understands. With her trademark wit, cheek, and “well, now, that makes sense” explanations everyone can understand, Jennifer speaks from the heart.
Jennifer's opening talk, “Relentless Possibility (and a Little Bit of Caffeine)” is foundational. Smart ideas spoken plainly in ways that challenge veteran professionals and give real hope to families just beginning their spectrum journeys. It’s “the need to knows” everyone needs to really understand: the “evil nemesis” that is anxiety. The real effects of sensory stuff. The secret power of special interests. “Obstacle illusions,” learning detours, kindness, and — in “all-caps,” RESPECT.
Next, Jennifer shows us how to shake up our parenting, our teaching, and our plans with NON-LAME FUN - spectrum style! Teach flexible thinking by dissolving eggshells. Teach perspective by making mosaics, optical illusions, chemical density experiments or smart phone scavenger hunts. This talk is bursting with go-to ideas for creative, concrete solutions that audiences can use the very next day. It’s play. With purpose. And tattooed bananas.
- Recognize and use the intrinsic learning potential of everyday items to frame complicated psychosocial concepts.
- Structure play in a way that appeals to the fact-driven spectrum mind, yet encourages collaboration, communication, and consideration of multiple perspectives.
- Extrapolate, from concrete sensory games, artistic exploration, geometric concepts, and color gradation, a vocabulary with which to discuss nuanced social skills and emotional awareness.
- Understand special interests as “access me here buttons,” keys to empower, inspire and connect in every way.
- Discover the role of concrete thinking, “uncooked spaghetti” rigidity, sensory input, and anxiety-defeating tools in achieving independence and dignity.
- Reframe the experience of living on the spectrum through first-person insight.
- Recognize that “typical” and “normal” are not synonyms.
- Have FUN (because it matters).
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