Shema Kolainu Workshops

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Many of you may are aware of our popular ongoing workshops that Shema Kolainu hosts throughout the year. Yesterday we organized the second one of the school year at Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. Our guest speaker was Alexa Moses- OTR, … Continue reading

I’m Asperger’s, Not Autistic!

 

 

 

 

 

The recent decision by the DSM to combine the autism spectrum into one diagnosis have people diagnosed with Asperger’s fear that, if they are specifically called “Autistic”, they will be stigmatized with the autism label. Many have managed to avoid being called autistic because there are people who do not know that Asperger’s is a type of autism.

People who are autistics have to face their situation daily unlike people with Asperger’s who are incorrectly diagnosed because “Asperger’s” is not a stringently accurate term in the first place. The reason is that they either fit criteria for classic autism or are excluded from Asperger’s because of self-help delays. Also, many people who are diagnosed with Asperger’s are simply diagnosed that way because they appeared to be high-functioning.

They feel that those people who don’t know much about Asperger’s syndrome will stereotype them as Autistic. In addition, those with Asperger’s syndrome prefer to separate themselves from the stereotype of autistic people who fit the “non-verbal child rocking in the corner.” Whatever it may be, they are ready.

Please refer to the full article below.

http://chaoticidealism.livejournal.com/109991.html

Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Autism and other Disabilities in Education

Dr Shore meets with Shema Kolainu staff:

Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Autism and other Disabilities in Education

 A free workshop series for parents, teachers, therapists, and others working with children on the autism spectrum was presented by Dr. Stephen Shore, an Assistant Professor to the Department of Special Education, at Adelphi University.

As an introduction Dr. Joshua Weinstein Founder and CEO of ICare4Autism presented Shema Kolainu’s sister school Tishma in Jerusalem Israel. He presented a video of the school and its various activities.

He also spoke about Icare4autism and its vision of creating the Global Autism Center on Mt. Scopus in Israel, dedicated to catalyzing breakthrough innovation in autism research and treatment.

Dr. Shore presented the development and use of educational accommodations as extensions of good teaching practices. Attendees were able to learn ways to implement and find practical solutions for including children with autism and other special needs into the regular education experience.

During the workshop Dr. Shore also shared a touching description of his own personal struggles and how he was successful in his life even with autism.

This workshop was held at our Brooklyn location and attendees were given a certificate of completion upon request.

 

Developing a “Team” Collaborative Approach for Autism

As part of our free workshop series at SKHOV, we held a workshop yesterday on the Development of a “Team” collaborative approach for Autism. Many parents and caregivers from all 5 boroughs were in attendance.

The workshop discussed the essential key members and their roles and responsibilities of a child with Autism. As discussed the “Team” Collaborative Approach consists of siblings, parents, extended family members, friends, teachers, therapists, physicians, and other medical professionals as well.

We also discussed the various mental, physical, dental, oral, and other health issues associated with Autism. People with Autism are prone to suffering a range of health related complication that can make life difficult, uncomfortable, and in come instances may cause social isolation.

Our next workshop will be held on December 11, 2012, which will be discussing the Promotion of Social Inclusion of People with Autism and other Disabilities in Education by Dr. Stephen Shore of Adelphi University.
This presentation will examine the development and educational use of accommodations as extensions of good teaching practice. Attendees will come away with easy to implement, practical solutions for including children with autism and other special needs into the regular education experience.

Parent Training and Autism Workshops at SKHOV

At Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices we have an individualized parent training program as well as offer workshops to the community, parents and professionals. The Program is designed to deliver training to parents and other caregivers from the community that will enable them to work with their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home and community environments with the goal of generalizing behaviors across all domains.  We  instruct parents/caregivers on becoming effective teachers, offer resources, and support their advocacy efforts.  Continue reading