Supporting Children and Teens with Autism or other Special Needs when Someone they Love has Died
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May 9, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
Free for NAGC Members
$60, Guests (or become a member HERE to receive member discounts on NAGC Online Learning.)
$75, Guests with Continuing Education Credit
Death is a difficult topic for any child, but can be more challenging for people with unique learning and processing needs. Participants will explore issues of grief specific to children/teens with autism or other special needs, and will gain strategies to help navigate questions about death, dying and loss of a loved one.
1. Describe how developmental stages affect response to loss, and the applicability and limitations of using such stages for
children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs.
2. Identify key challenges for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs in processing the death of someone in their lives.
3. Identify four strategies that parents, caregivers and professionals working with children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs can use in supporting them around loss.
About the Presenters
Meredith Polsky, MSW, LCSW, MS Special Education, has been working at the intersection of social work and special education for close to 20 years. She has a proven track record of recognizing an unmet need and creating a successful solution. Ms. Polsky is the co-author of the award-winning "I Have a Question" series, which explores complicated life transitions geared towards children, inclusive of those with special needs. I Have a Question about Death (2017) received a bronze medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, and I Have a Question about Divorce was released in 2017. In 2000, she founded Matan, Inc. (www.matankids.org) in the year 2000, recognizing a significant gap in the Jewish community’s ability to include children with special needs and their families. She has successfully taken Matan from the idea stage to a nationally recognized non-profit organization that has changed the face of Jewish education for tens of thousands of families. She currently serves as National Director of Institutes and Training at Matan, and Developmental Support Coordinator at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, Maryland. Ms. Polsky is a 2017 Covenant Award recipient and lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband and 3 children.
Arlen Gaines, MSW, LCSW-C, ACHP-SW is a clinical supervisor and social worker with an advanced certification in hospice and palliative social work. She received a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland with a specialization in Aging. Ms. Gaines is the co-author of the award-winning "I Have a Question" series, which explores complicated life transitions geared towards children, inclusive of those with special needs. I Have a Question about Death (2017) received a bronze medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, and I Have a Question about Divorce was released in 2017.She has worked at the Jewish Social Service Agency Hospice in Rockville, MD for the past ten years, and has developed a specialization in supporting families who have children with special needs around grief and loss. Ms. Gaines lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and two children.
CE Learning Systems, LLC:APA - The National Alliance for Grieving Children's continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, LLC, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
ASWB - CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/23/2019 - 2/23/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.NBCC - Co-sponsorship approval is pending
CE Process: MFT's, Counselor's, and Psychologists
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