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AANE Webinar: What can schools do to prevent PTSD among autistic students?, 12/1/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, $25

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details.

DESCRIPTION: A blog titled, “Do Autistic Kids In School Get PTSD?” garnered over 211,000 views in 6 months.  This webinar further examines this question. Many schools use interventions considered the “gold standard” to further the learning and development of autistic children. Unfortunately, many of these approaches, whether intentional or not, encourage autistic students to mask their neurodivergence. When interventions encourage autistic students to achieve “indistinguishability” from their neurotypical peers, these interventions become harmful to autistic students, and can have a life-long impact on self-understanding, self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-advocacy. 

In this webinar, parents and families will learn ways to partner with schools to create a learning environment that values neurodiversity and empowers neurodivergent students. Autistic adults, who were taught to “act neurotypical” in school, have an opportunity to identify and celebrate their uniqueness. Professionals will be able to explore  what evidence-based interventions really mean for autistic students. During the last 20-30 minutes of this webinar, attendees will be able to pose questions to the speaker, via the Zoom chat feature.

SPEAKER: Marcia Eckerd, PhD. has been a licensed psychologist for more than 30 years. She has been appointed to the CT ASD Advisory Council and serves on the Clinical Advisory Group of the Asperger’s Autism Network (AANE.org).  She is also on the Board of Directors of NeuroClastic.org, an autistic nonprofit that provides education, opportunities, and resources for autistic individuals.   Her blog “Divergent Thinkers” was on Psych Central for 2016- 2020, and her current blog on Psychology Today is “Everyday Neurodiversity.”  Also see her April 2022 blog Women and Autism: Get a Diagnosis, Not Gaslighted (Practical guidance for women looking for an autism diagnosis)

Marcia diagnoses and helps autistic individuals with self acceptance as neurodivergent.  She also helps them navigate achieving their goals. After years of working with autistic and other neurodivergent individuals.  including those with NLD, she’s developed a specialty in diagnosing undiagnosed adults, especially women. Marcia’s goal is to spread awareness of the experiences of autistic children, women and men, help those seeking a diagnosis understand themselves better, and educate  mental health and school professionals as well as the the mainstream community to understand autistics and neurodiversity.

AUDIENCE: This webinar is intended for adults who are or who suspect they are on the spectrum, parents, other family members, and partners of individuals on the spectrum, as well as professionals who support individuals on the spectrum.

WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2022

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET – This webinar will be recorded. If you are not available during the live presentation, registrants will receive the video link to access the recording of the presentation two business days after the session ends. Registrants can access the recorded presentation for 30 days.

WHERE: Online via Zoom

HOST: Michele Cantara, Neurodiversity Training Specialist, AANE

COST: $25 (AANE offers discounted admissions using the buttons below)

REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered you will receive a confirmation email. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.


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EVENT & GROUP INFORMATION: All AANE programming is currently online. The following terms are used for different audience specifications:

  • “Open” events/groups may have different participants joining from session to session and “Closed” events/groups have the same participants for a set number of sessions.

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December 1
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Michele Cantara, AANE