Understanding and Supporting Children with ASD for a Positive Future - Autism Awareness

Understanding and Supporting Children with ASD for a Positive Future

Featuring Maureen Bennie

How we support children with ASD today affects future outcomes. By increasing our knowledge of ASD, understanding learning difficulties and strengths, and effectively addressing core concerns such as communication, sensory issues and challenging behavior, we can create positive, trusting relationships that foster happiness and well-being. So how do we get there? This webinar explores a number of ways to provide the best support for children, while also understanding that what we do today can build a positive future.


Welcome and Introductions
Core Concerns, Learning Difficulties, Learning Strengths
Communication – Initiation and Visual Supports
Critical Mass
Sensory Issues and Interoception
The Importance of Interests
Challenging Behavior and Low Arousal Approaches
Question and Answers
Closing Remarks


Maureen Bennie created the Autism Awareness Centre in 2003 to address what she saw as a gap in support, information, resources and advocacy for those struggling with autism spectrum disorders. For Maureen, education and knowledge brings positive change to the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Maureen is the mother of two young adults with autism – Marc (24) and Julia (21). For 8 years, she managed an at-home Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program which involved working with speech pathologists, child development specialists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

Maureen has written over 400 articles and book reviews that have appeared in magazines, newsletters, and on websites throughout North America and the UK. She is also an active presenter throughout Canada on autism topics. She presents on book resources and how to use them, topics in autism, creates book lists for various audiences, writes book reviews for publishers, and assesses libraries at organizations and tells them what areas they are lacking up to date information in. She was a contributing author for the SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education published by SAGE, in September 2019.

Maureen’s bi-monthly blog post topics range from her personal experience as a parent of two children on the autism spectrum to detailed coverage of top news stories, events, and resources concerning autism spectrum disorders (ASD).


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