Living With Autism Workshop Virtual Event 2021

Hope + Help Are a Click Away. Join 3 Days of Support, Resources and Inspiration, Including Autism Education Expert Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
Nov. 8-10, 2021, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EST
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Caring for a child with autism takes a remarkable person — namely, you. Your sole focus is on their growth, development and wellness. You work to develop social skills, consult on IEPs and create a bridge to an independent adulthood. There are highs and lows, but you’re right there for them.

Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System understand your path. It’s exactly why, 14 years ago, we first started our Living With Autism Workshop. Our mission was to provide a full day of inspiration and information for parents and professionals caring for young people with autism. And this year is no different, as we bring our second annual virtual workshop to your screen.

Tune in for three full days of powerful speakers — including Dr. Stephen Shore, on recommendation of Temple Grandin herself, and Mary Barbera, an autism mom-turned-ABA therapist and author — along with insightful professionals and an opportunity to connect with others just like you.

In fact, we’re packing in 12+ hours of support, resources, sessions and opportunities to network. Every presenter, every parent, every professional is here to support you. Best of all? You can watch on your time. (We know it’s precious.) You can join us live (and we hope you do — especially to our Hope & Help chat sessions). But either way, you’ll get all the speaker playbacks and presentations, so you can watch them when it’s convenient for you.

You’re not alone. We’re here for you, with answers and inspiration — hope and help. We look forward to having you join us.

3 Days of Insights and Support for Parents and Professionals


Now more than ever, families living with autism need support, inspiration and connection. That's just what you'll find at the virtual Living With Autism Workshop. In 2021, Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System's event offers: 

Compelling keynote speaker Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
Lauded by Temple Grandin, Dr. Shore is author of the popular Understanding Autism for Dummies, an autism expert and special education professor — who’s also on the spectrum.

Featured speaker Mary Barbera
This autism mom-turned-ABA therapist and author presents brass-tacks ways you and your family can get results in the “autism treatment maze.”

Multiple info-packed sessions over 3 days
Tune in for advice and panels with some of the top 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.

Resources within reach
At just $25, our 14th annual event is affordable and accessible.

Featured Speaker

Stephen Shore

4 A’s of Autism: Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation and Action as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives

An “autistic professor” of special education and author of multiple books on autism, Dr. Stephen Shore leads an engaging look at how individuals with autism can thrive. Diagnosed with “atypical development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization as a child. Nonverbal until 4 — and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife and others — Dr. Shore is now a full-time professor at Adelphi University and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, where he focuses on aligning best practice in supporting people with autism.

Sessions / Agenda Overview

Immerse yourself in three days of support and resources::

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021

9-10 a.m. EST — Ask the Experts: Get Your Burning Questions Answered
An expert panel shares insights and ideas to help navigate your biggest challenges

10:15-11:30 a.m. EST — Passport to Educational Success for Students on the Spectrum
Discover how to open the world to your child in the classroom

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST — The ABCs of Communication
Whether it's a non-verbal child or one with social skill challenges, find insight here

12:45-1:30 p.m. EST — Hope & Help Q&A
Nothing is sacred in this parent-to-parent session where questions and answers will fly

1:30-2:30 p.m. EST — Autism & Adulthood: How I Found Success — and Your Child Can Too
Chloe Rothschild, a young adult on the spectrum, talks about her journey

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

9-10:15 a.m. EST — 4 A’s of Autism: Awareness to Acceptance to Appreciation to Action as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives
Presented by autism expert and full-time professor Dr. Stephen Shore

10:30-11:30 a.m. EST — Virtual Speech Therapy for Kids with ASD — How Would That Even Work?
Delve deeper into screen-based therapy options during the pandemic era.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST — Toilet Training Essentials for Children with Autism
We’ll cover prerequisite skills, techniques, handling frustrations and more

12:45-1:30 p.m. EST — Hope & Help Q&A
Come prepared to soak up some rapid-fire expert advice — and add your questions to the mix

1:30-2:30 p.m. EST — What I Wish Every Parent of a Child with ASD Knew
An expert behavior analyst gives insight based on her years of experience

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

9-10:15 a.m. EST — The Autism Treatment Maze: Lessons Learned That Can Help You Get Results
Mary Barbera, an autism mom-turned-ABA therapist and author, shares lessons she’s learned

10:30-11:30 a.m. EST — A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Visual Strategies to Promote Connection and Understanding
Delve deeper into screen-based therapy options during the pandemic era.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST — Overcoming the Hopeless Complex: Autism & Mental Health
Presented by metro Detroit dad with autism, Ron Sandison

12:45-1:30 p.m. EST — Hope & Help Q&A
Jump into a final round of pro advice on some of your toughest challenges

1:30-2:30 p.m. EST — The Power of Play
Get guidance on how play can help unlock new layers for kids on the spectrum


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