Susannah Horner, LCSW
Center for Autism Research at CHOP


Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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The  Center for Autism Research (CAR) is a collaborative research center between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. CAR's primary mission is to understand the causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and develop effective treatments through research with infants through adults. Families who participate receive comprehensive assessment reports and are paid for their time and some travel expenses. CAR is also committed to serving the needs of families living with ASD through education and guidance. The new CAR Autism Roadmap seeks to help families answer questions about life with autism, whether they are new to the diagnosis or have lived with it for years, as well as connect them with resources in their communities via the CAR Resource Directory.

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The Center for Autism Research at
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia invites you to

Next Steps into Adolescence
ONLINE workshop

-A Workshop for those supporting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are approaching adolescence

We are excited to be offering a virtual participation option for our Next Steps into Adolescence workshop, although space will be limited.  Virtual participants will view the presentations in real time and will have the opportunity to ask questions through a moderator.  

As children approach and enter the teenage years, they must deal with physical growth spurts, mindboggling hormone releases, and ever-changing and challenging social relationships. Children begin to care about being “cool,” and classmates may no longer be as tolerant of “differences”. For pre-adolescent children with ASD, these already complicated physical and social changes are compounded by the typical ASD difficulties of reading social cues and understanding the behaviors of others. Consequently, children with ASD approaching adolescence have greater transition needs than most typically developing pre-teens.

Additionally, parents of pre-adolescent children also need support. By the end of elementary school, parents begin to look toward the future. They begin to think about what their children will be when they “grow-up” and worry if their children will ever “catch-up” academically and socially. All in all, the transition into adolescence can be a difficult one and a time when many families recognize the life-long planning associated with ASD.  This workshop is geared toward parents, caregivers and professionals supporting individuals with ASD who are between the ages 9-15.

 Cost*:  $15 per online registrant (CEUs are not available for online participation)

A few days prior to the workshop, you will receive an email with a private link with instructions for joining  as a virtual participant, along with a packet of materials for the workshop.

Online participation is limited to 10 registrants.