Moderator: Monica G. Osgood
Panelists: Jennifer Ahluwalia, Nick Furth, Joshua Kitts, Anie Knipping, Jonathan Scott, Gil Tov, Caitlin Weingarten
Anie Knipping will give a brief reflection on her own childhood experiences before moderating a small panel of young adults with ASD and their Parents. This panel will discuss key competencies that support development and the strategies needed to nurture them. Anie, parents and their young adult children will use real-life examples and video to illustrates specific approaches to increase feelings of competence, confidence and a strong sense of self to maximize independence and success throughout the lifespan. Panel topics will cover experiences from birth to adulthood. Topics will include: Comfortable, safe and predictable environments that allow for thinking, relating and communicating; Daily schedules that promote “feelings of purpose and competency” for 80% or more of the day; How approaching situations with confidence reduces anxiety and allows individuals to succeed; The critical need for individuals to feel a sense of shared control in their environments and interactions in order to maximize novel thinking, problem solving and social competency; How what we communicate expresses who we are as people and is possible for all individuals.