Webinar on Supporting People on the Autism Spectrum during Uncertain Times Engages Hundreds of Viewers Across the World
BROOKLYN, NY, UNITED STATES, October 19, 2020 – On Monday, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices (SKHOV) hosted a webinar workshop presentation entitled “Supporting Autistic People in Uncertain Times: Coping and Thriving During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on the Zoom webinar platform.
Dr. Stephen Shore, Adelphi University Clinical Assistant Professor, spoke about his history and shared many resources that help support people with Autism.
“At an early age I lost functional communication, had meltdowns, and withdrew from my environment,” said Dr. Shore. “I believe that we have the technology, we have the ability, we have the knowhow so that autistic individuals leading fulfilling and productive lives can become the rule rather than the exception.”
The webinar workshop focused on the main areas of support for individuals with autism which include maintaining routines, providing clear communication and ensuring self-care.
Because of the current situation, taking a break and getting sufficient movement and exercise can make a big difference. “This is something you can do on your own and is it’s just a very simple stop to what you’re doing and as you exhale, slowly and deliberately think about exhaling stress and while you breathe in your inhaling calm from the environment.”
By asking what the autistic person can do and by focusing on strengths and abilities we can work to match interest and strengths to career opportunities or avocations or hobbies.
Dr. Shore also shared a number of educational resources for parents and caregivers from experts and tips for everyone on structuring their day during the current pandemic.
“This is a particularly uncertain time with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SKHOV Founder and CEO Dr. Joshua Weinstein. “We have worked for many years with Dr. Shore and we value his expertise. We are proud to share these vital resources to help people with autism cope when their routines are disrupted.”
The workshop was provided free of charge by the New York City Council Autism Initiative and a full video of the presentation, along with many others, is available here: https://www.shemakolainu.org/workshops.
Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices founded by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapeutic programs to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment. As a nonpublic, nonprofit, multi-cultural school, we provide quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring.