Crossroads workshops to focus on helping parents understand autism

Keldy  Ortiz

April 11, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated April 11, 2013 at 11:12 p.m.

Brenda Nelson wants people in the Crossroads to comprehend autism.

Nelson, who works for an educational training program called Together Everyone Achieves More Project Partners Resource Area will hold workshops in Victoria and Wharton to discuss autism.

The workshops will discuss how autism varies from each individual. Intervention strategies and early diagnosis will also be a topic of conversation.

Autism Awareness Month is a developmental disorder that affects a person's communication ability.

"Grandparents have grandchildren that have been diagnosed with autism, and they may not even understand it," said Nelson. "Autism is so prevalent."

As a former teacher and a person living with a 13-year-old child who has a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome, Nelson understands working with people who have autism.

"It's a comfort to other parents when they can connect with someone that understands," she said. "I am in the same boat as those parents are in."

Erin Hatley is director of the Vine School, a special education school that works with children who have autism. In her role, Hatley described working with families of those who have autism.

"Everybody needs to be working together to promote success with the student," said Nelson. "It's easy for us educators to make a suggestion, but we also need to realize that parents also have stresses of life."

While Hatley is not involved with the upcoming workshop, she and Nelson share the same approach when helping parents.

"We want each child to meet their best potential," said Hatley. "Autism is so different with each child."



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