Ivymount Spring Lecture Series

Ivymount Spring Lecture Series
Posted on 03/09/2018

7 - 9 p.m.

Location: Ivymount School, 11614 Seven Locks Rd, Rockville, MD 20854

Cost: FREE

Open to all parents and professionals

April 17:  “The Importance of Self Advocacy to Success”

Julia Bascom, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Julia Bascom is a leading voice in the Autistic self-advocacy movement, promoting the importance of “nothing about us without us.”  Her talk will underscore the importance of supporting neurodiversity at all levels, and the importance of self-advocacy for both individual success and moving society forward to be more inclusive of neurodiversity people. 


May 8:  “How and Why to Talk to Your Child about their Autism”

Amy Alvord, Education Director, Ivymount School & Programs

Sharon Nickolaus, Director of Transition Services

Amy Alvord and Sharon Nickolaus will discuss the importance of talking with your child or loved one about their differences and diagnosis.  Ms. Alvord will provide attendees with practical approaches and materials to support how to have the initial discussion (especially if your child is older), possible responses, and ongoing support focusing on strengths.  This interactive talk should help parents support their children in becoming more effective self-advocates through an open and honest appraisal of their strengths, challenges and areas of need for additional supports and accommodations.  


May 24:  “The Impact of Autism on Success in Traditional Classroom”

Monica Adler Werner, Director of Development, Training, and Consulting

Sarah Wayland, Special Needs Care Navigator, Guiding Exceptional Parents

Monica and Sarah will look at the complex impact that autism has on learning in a traditional classroom environment.  By appreciating the commonly co-occurring disorders, the different cognitive styles associated with autism and areas of real deficit, participants will understand some of the challenges of navigating the complexities of standard curricula, despite strong basic cognition. In addition, the speakers will provide solutions to make classrooms and homes more “neurodiverse friendly” and support areas of challenge for autistic learners.

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