Living With Autism Workshop Virtual Event

Featuring world-renowned autism experts Temple Grandin and Barry M. Prizant
Oct. 26-30, 2020
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5 Days of Insights and Support for Parents and Professionals

NOTE: Information below is from our 2020 event. Stay tuned for future events!


Now more than ever, families living with autism need support, inspiration and connection. That's exactly what you'll find at the first-ever virtual Living With Autism Workshop. In 2020, Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System's event offers: 

Can't-miss speakers Temple Grandin and Barry M. Prizant
Iconic autism advocate Grandin hosts an exclusive live Q&A, and autism expert Prizant speaks on the unique assets and strengths of kids on the spectrum.

24 sessions over 5 days — a whopping 25 hours+ of support
Tune in to advice and panels with some of the greatest therapists, advocates and experts in the autism world.

Access to ALL recordings after the event
Can't decide what to attend or need to skip a day? You'll get recordings of everything at the end.

Our lowest price EVER: Just $25
Our 13th annual event is our most affordable and accessible yet!


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Featured Speakers


Q&A With
Temple Grandin

World-renowned autism advocate, speaker and author, Temple Grandin, joins us for an exclusive live Q&A. She'll share her essential advice for parents of children with autism and those like her on the spectrum, plus she'll field your questions.


Autism: A Uniquely Human Experience

Far more than a 'diagnosis' or 'challenge,' autism can be packed with advantages. Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP — author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism — is at the forefront of those flipping the script on autism.

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Sessions / Agenda Overview

Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

8:30-9:45 a.m. EST — Parenting a Child on the Spectrum During COVID
An expert panel shares insights and ideas to help navigate this especially challenging time.

10-11 a.m. EST — Managing Your Child's Behavior Issues at Home
Learn simple strategies and effective tools proven to motive children on the spectrum to behave.

10-11 a.m. EST — Parent-to-Parent Q&A
Nothing is sacred in this parent-to-parent session where the questions and answers will fly.

11 a.m.-noon EST — A Conversation with Temple Grandin
Join the world-renowned autism advocate, speaker and author for our exclusive live Q&A.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

8:30-9:45 a.m. EST — Autism: A Uniquely Human Experience
Best-selling author Dr. Barry M. Prizant debunks myths and offers a compelling new way of understanding autism.

10-11 a.m. EST — Getting Picky Eaters to Try New Foods
Expand their palates with tried-and-true techniques to promote healthy mealtime behavior.

10-11 a.m. EST — Beyond the Autism 'Box' Q&A
This interactive Q&A offers guidance on supporting your child on their journey to self-acceptance.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Playing With a Purpose
Get guidance on how to approach play as a play partner — so it’s more fun for both of you.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Ask the Experts Q&A
Come prepared to soak up some rapid-fire expert advice from our panel of experts.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

8:30-9:45 a.m. EST — Your Health Insurance Rights
A national autism health insurance expert and advocate shares what every parent should know.

10-11 a.m. EST — Overcoming Social Skills Deficits: Strategies for Children with ASD
We'll give you an overview of social skill development and offer approaches to help at home.

10-11 a.m. EST — Managing Marriage + Other Important Relationships Q&A
Learn how others create time for partners, friends, our neuro-typical kids — and ourselves.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Mastering Toilet Training with an Evidence-Based Approach
We’ll cover prerequisite skills, common techniques, handling accidents and other FAQs.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Parent-to-Parent Q&A
Join a second round of frank parent-to-parent questions and real-talk advice that works.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

8:30-9:45 a.m. EST — Peer-to-Peer Education Support in the Age of COVID
Help students with ASD access general education— even in the age of distance learning.

10-11 a.m. EST — Using Communication Devices to Jumpstart Communication in Young Children with ASD
We’ll dive into several types of “alternative” communication methods and the benefits of each.

10-11 a.m. EST — Ask the Experts Q&A
Jump into a second round of pro advice on some of your toughest challenges.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Self-Advocacy in Action: How Parents and Professionals Can Help
Stacie Rulison, a local behavioral consultant and autism mom, tackles this topic with son Ryder.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Special Education Expert Q&A
Living through IEP hell? Struggling to get resources? Join this open idea-sharing forum.

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

8:30-9:45 a.m. EST — A Better 'Sense' of ASD
Chloe Rothschild, a young adult on the spectrum, talks about interoception — a lesser-known "sense" of feeling and being in touch with the body that's challenging for those with autism.

10-11 a.m. EST — Digital Overload: Setting Limits for Screen Use in ASD Youth
We’ll dive into how screen use differs in children with ASD and how to set appropriate limits.

10-11 a.m. EST — Transitioning Into Adulthood Q&A
Discover local resources for sex education, job opportunities, independent living and more.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Autism, Growth & Transitioning into Adulthood
Ron Sandison shares his personal struggles with transitioning into adulthood and how he was able to overcome and become a dad, author, professional and motivational speaker.

11 a.m.-Noon EST — Protecting Kids With Autism Q&A
Prepare your child for interactions with first responders, warding off online predators and more.

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