Mark Le Messurier (Adelaide) - Teacher, Counsellor and coach to young people and their parents.
A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; how does that feel for parents, what's best and what can educators do?
These kids don't make ideal students, siblings, sons or daughters. They're often not willing to instantly comply, cooperate and learn our way. In the beginning, they can be reactive, anxious, over sensitive, too teary, too aggressive, too obsessional, too rigid, and find it hard to fit in, share and wait. While early identification and interventions are best, there's an insidious temptation to see the child as 'broken' or 'in deficit' and an over focus on topping up what's missing.
Mark wants to highlight the ASD journey in the context of seeing each child as a whole, healthy human being with vast potential. Hindsight teaches us that time, maturity, some targeted skill building and loving connectedness are prime collaborators for growth. Join Mark as he shares the everyday experiences of others who have faced, and are facing, what you face as educators and parents. The aim is to provide a personal and contemporary insight into ASD, and how best to deal with the tricky emotion and behaviour that often accompany it. He'll share their real-life learnings in a bid to establish the best 'can-do principles'.
What binds us together is that each of us has been touched by Autism. Oddly, Autism is a distinctly different experience for each of us because how we view it, work with it and be with it, is truly a reflection of our personal values. Yet, if we fail to see the potentials in kids - with or without Autism - we shouldn't be surprised when they give up and can't find anything good about themselves. The truth is that we each have real parts to play as members of a compassionate village.
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