This October, our Occupational Therapist, Miss Jenny, our Speech-Language Pathologist, Miss Dana, and wonderful teacher, Miss Darby, traveled to Ohio to attend an autism and sensory integration conference with Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker. Also in attendance was our founder, Sandy Slomin and board member Lori Cameron. Workshops were the main focus of the conference.
Carol Kranowitz, author of The Out of Sync Child and many other books, shared her insight on how to help utilize whole body strategies in order to keep students engaged in structured activities. She also spoke on the importance of allowing our children to use their imagination to utilize ordinary household items and turn them into extraordinary learning tools.
Cara Koscinski, author of The Parents Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism and Other Special Needs and The Special Needs Schools Survival Guide, spoke about helpful school adaptations to help increase attention and concentration in school based activities.
Dr. Temple Grandin received a standing ovation as she was introduced to the attendees. Dr. Grandin is one of the first individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to publicly share her insights and experiences on autism. In 2010, Time magazine named her one of the100 most influential people in the world. Besides educating the world about autism, Dr. Grandin now is stressing to never lower expectations for children or adults touched by autism. You will be surprised at the outcomes. She also shared the power of teachable moments all around us. These moments are irreplaceable. They can and will have the biggest impact in our children whether touched by autism or not.
This truly was a trip to remember and share with our staff and families.