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Discover how to boost awareness and shift to meaningful action and purposeful outcomes

We know that much of the distress associated with autism comes from myths, late or incorrect diagnoses, misplaced expectations and lack of awareness, to name a few common causes shared by clients and those in the field providing services.  Until quite recently, autism continued to be defined by presentation and neurotypical expectations of social norms regarding behavior and interaction as opposed to inside "lived" experience.  This webinar is intended to demystify some of this experience particularly for those families or individuals experiencing a recent diagnosis.  Specifically, we will discuss treatment options and resources.

We encourage autistic individuals, advocates, allies and the loved ones who support them to allow autistic individuals to drop their masks as part of improving their quality of life.  This might mean complex grieving for family members and a mind-shift for providers.  This can be daunting in a world that is still in the process of this paradigm shift.  Indeed, many IEPs and goals of coaches and providers still center on independence.  This tends to foster isolation and "otherness."  Instead, we emphasize interdependence as autistic individuals reveal what they have to offer their communities and these very communities learn to accommodate and be more inclusive.  After all, we each reflect the diversity of human experience and ability.   This paradigm shift is not easy, particularly for those affected by autism still make their way in a world bent on changing or fixing autism.  

That's why we are offering this free webinar as extra support through some of the complex relationships around the autistic experience as well as the emotional journey that may start with denial and confusion as well as overwhelm, guilt or grief.  

Join Meira Greenfeld, J.D, LCSW, ASDCS, a trauma therapist and certified autism spectrum disorder clinical specialist and learn therapeutically based strategies and techniques to help understand signs and symptoms of autism and strengthen family functioning. 

The webinar will include resources and invitation to participate in live Q & A.

Included:

  • History of autism and its impact on current interaction between providers and caregivers.
  • Family conflict
  • Siblings
  • Interpreting behaviors
  • Treatment options

    Don't let this opportunity pass you by.  Capacity is limited.

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    Resources

    Online Mental Health Journal

    The Urim Recovery Mental Health Journal is updated twice a week and covers issues related to well-being and mental health.  Responsive and topical, the Urim Recovery Journal is based on current queries and concerns of individuals seeking information and resources that inform regarding trauma, attachment, mood, feelings, self-advocacy and overall health.

    Community Crisis Support

    Sometimes you need immediate support and can't manage on your own. 

    Empact Crisis Hotline: 480-784-1500
    Banner Helpline: 602-254-4357

    Crisis Hotline Phone/Text: By dialing 2-1-1, you can access free crisis counseling. Also, text 741-741 for the text crisis hotline.

    Suicide/Crisis Hotlines by County

    • 1-800-631-1314 and 602-222-9444 (Maricopa County 24/7 Mobile Crisis Team )
    • 1-800-796-6762 or 520-622-6000 (Pima Country)
    • 1-866-495-6735 (Graham, Greenlee, Cochise, and Santa Cruz Counties)
    • 1-800-259-3449 (Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities)
    • 1-866-495-6735 (Yuma, La Paz, Pinal, and Gila Countries)
    • 1-877-756-4090 (Mohave, Coconino, Apache, Navajo, and Yavapai Counties)

    Group Support

    We offer support around very specific areas that offer the emotional support of peers as well as ample opportunity for Q & A.  These sessions are at least 90 minutes or longer and are an option if you are looking for help in a specific area only, feeling your way around autism or need a more affordable option to individual coaching.  Please feel free to suggest topics or ask us about upcoming sessions. 

    Smartphone Application

    The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a FREE smartphone application designed for use by individuals and their behavioral health providers to supplement treatment.  Originally designed by the US Department of Defense to help military personnel manage stress and depression, it is great for 'regular folk' in-between sessions if they are under the care of a psychotherapist. It contains tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.  It can be personalized so that an individual can add content to meet specific individual needs.  One can add photos, videos and recorded messages, inspirational quotes, soothing music or handy affirmations.   



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