How often Jule Epp has heard parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) telling her these painful truths: “When I come into the room, he doesn’t even notice me.” “When I try to hug her, she pushes me away.” “Whenever I try to be with him, he tells me he wants to be by himself.” Or even “She only comes to me when she wants something, when she needs me to get something for her. She doesn’t see me as a person.”

Adults working with children or adolescents “on the spectrum” are often feeling very unsure of themselves. The child’s behaviour suggests an aloofness, even an aversion to contact. Many parents and caretakers understandably feel rejected by their child. And so the deeply troubling question arises: Do I really matter to this child? Does my child love me?

In this webinar, Jule Epp will explore both perspectives: that of the child diagnosed with ASD and that of the parent or caretaker. The webinar will also address how we can understand the desperate move to resist attachment that we see in the child diagnosed with ASD. It will explore how this rejecting behaviour can make us as adults feel and how we tend to respond to it. And it will explore how we can break through the vicious circle of alienation that can ensue between adult and child when the defensive behaviour of the child is misunderstood. What the child diagnosed with ASD needs from us as adults is concrete support – best given in the context of play and with respect for the individual sensitivities of the child – in order to develop the deep, loving attachments both child and adult are yearning for.

Suitability & Applicability

This webinar is suitable for parents and professionals.

Time & Place

This webinar takes place from 10:00 to 11:30 am Pacific on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Host/Sponsor

This course is being hosted by the Neufeld Institute, a nonprofit organization with a world-wide reach, devoted to applying developmental science to the raising of children.

Cancellation

Webinar Cancellations:
If a webinar is cancelled due to insufficient enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances, all registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or credit.

Participant Cancellation/No Show:
Participants may cancel their registration for a full refund up until 4 pm Pacific on the day before the webinar. After this time, no refunds will be issued. 

Refunds will not be issued to individuals who miss the webinar, either by accident or on purpose (in hopes of depending on the recording due to scheduling conflicts).

Further Information

Just 90 minutes in length, our online webinars are very easy to participate in. No special software or technical equipment is required. All that is needed is a high-speed internet connection. Each participant is able to see the presenter and the PowerPoint slides and can ask questions in a live chat box.

Note regarding webinar recordings:
The registration fee is for the live webinar event only. If there are no technical issues with the recording of the webinar, all participants will be sent a 30 day link to the recording; however, since we cannot guarantee the recording, it is not considered to be part of the registration fee and therefore, no refunds will be issued if there are problems with the recording.