Temple Grandin + The Living With Autism Workshop

World-Renowned Autism Expert Temple Grandin Headlines 3 Days of Support, Resources and Inspiration at this 15th Annual Event
Oct. 3-5, 2022
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Caring for a child with autism takes a remarkable person — you. Your sole focus is 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 there for them.

Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health understand your path. For 15 years now, our Living With Autism Workshop has had a singular mission: providing inspiration and information for parents and professionals caring for young people with autism. And this year is no different, as we bring our third annual virtual workshop to your screen.

Tune in for three full days of powerful speakers — including iconic autism advocate Temple Grandin herself and Kate Swenson, the mom behind the Finding Cooper’s Voice autism blog — 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 for 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


Families living with autism need support, inspiration and connection. That's exactly what you'll find at the virtual Living With Autism Workshop. In 2022, Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health’s highly anticipated annual event offers: 

World-renowned autism advocate Temple Grandin
The beloved autism icon returns to deliver her insights on early education and intervention insights.

Kate Swenson, inspiring ‘autism mom’ blogger
The mom of four behind popular blog Finding Cooper’s Voice shares what she’s learned raising a son with autism.

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 15th annual event is affordable and accessible.

Featured Speakers


Temple Grandin: Early Education and Intervention Insights

World-renowned autism advocate, speaker and author Temple Grandin joins us for an exclusive presentation. She'll share her advice for parents and professionals on early education and interventions that make an impact.


Kate Swenson: What I’ve Learned from Finding Cooper’s Voice

Since her son Cooper’s autism diagnosis at age 3, Kate Swenson has created a community for parents with her blog, Finding Cooper’s Voice, and book, Forever Boy. Discover what this inspiring mom of four has learned — so far.

Why Last Year's Attendees Loved the Workshop

Sessions / Agenda Overview

Immerse yourself in three days of support and resources, including:

Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

9-10:15 a.m. EST — Ask the Experts: Get Your Burning Questions Answered  (The Future of Autism Treatment/Diagnosis)
A Henry Ford Health expert panel shares insights and ideas to help navigate your biggest challenges

10:30-11:30 a.m. EST — Autism and the Social Determinants of Health
Get deep insights from the medical director of Henry Ford’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST — Social Skills Lessons for Kids on the Spectrum
A metro Detroit autism mom and advocate shares her experience as a parent and a professional

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

1:30-2:45 p.m. EST — Temple Grandin’s Early Education and Intervention Insights for Parents and Professionals (Keynote)
Temple Grandin, the world-renowned autism expert, gives her take on this crucial development period

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

9-10:15 a.m. EST — What I Learned ‘Finding Cooper’s Voice’ (Keynote)
Autism mom, blogger and author Kate Swenson shares the lessons she’s learned so far

10:30-11:30 a.m. EST — New Advancements in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism
A trio of autism experts with Henry Ford Health detail what’s new in the autism arena

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST — Strategies to Build Successful Vocal Communication for Children with ASD
World-renowned speech pathologist, Nancy Kaufman, of Kaufman Children's Center, offers insights and actions

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 — The ABA Therapy Controversy: What Parents Should Know
Learn why applied behavior analysis can draw criticism and what you should know from three experts

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022

9-10:15 a.m. EST — Rethinking How We See ASD in the Classroom (Keynote)
Get perspective from Maureen Ziegler, Ed.S., a long-time autism intervention and education specialist

10:30-11:30 a.m. EST — The Connection Between Mental Health and ASD
Find out more about this crucial correlation and what you can do to help your child

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST — Risky Business – Decisions & Consequences
Ron Sandison, a metro Detroit dad with autism, delivers his unique look on this topic

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 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EST— Helping Children with Autism Live an Independent Life
Chloe Rothschild, a young adult on the spectrum, offers insights based on her journey


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