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Gathering for Grandparents Spring Brunch
Community Autism Resources invites grandparents of children and adults with Autism to this very special event.
Saturday May 6th, 2017
9:15 – 11:45 a.m.
At the Holiday Inn Taunton
700 Myles Standish Blvd, Taunton, MA 02780 (Directions)
We will have a wonderful brunch of breakfast pastries, scrambled eggs, juice coffee and tea.
After brunch the topic for the morning will be Sensory Differences in People with ASD and the Impact on Their Behavior
Our special guest speakers will be Amy Laurent Ph.D., OTR/L and Patricia Menzel an adult with Autism.
About our speakers:
Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L is a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. Currently in private practice, Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. The majority of Amy’s work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families. Her consultative services focus on the creation of educational programs and environments that facilitate children’s active engagement and learning at home, in schools, and throughout their communities. The SCERTS Model, of which she is a coauthor, along with differentiated instruction and developmental theory guide her practice.
Patricia Menzel, a member of autism's "Lost Generation," has over 50 years’ experience as an autistic. While mostly verbal, she sometimes loses speech, and uses AAC as back-up. Her aim is to make some of autism's more enigmatic behaviors, such as wandering, bolting, sequestering, and self-injury more understandable from an autistic perspective. Patti uses mindfulness practices, sensory diet, and clean eating to manage her autism. She lives mainly independently with some supports.