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Working Group > National Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder > Discussion > I'm new to shared work

September 09, 2010

Hello, my name is Mari Ann Hooper.  I am a parent of a child with ASD and I also created a support group for ASD in Guernsey County, Ohio.  Another mother and I are looking for new ways to educate our professionals in all areas within our region.  Anyone have some ideas for us to go out of the box with them.  We are looking to help bus drivers, student aides, cafeteria help in schools, Job and Family Services, Health Department, and Doctors.

Posted by Mari Ann Hooper


  1. Welcome Mari Ann!  We use a parent panel format at our local conferences.  It consists of 5-6 parents who each take 5 minutes to tell a little about their child and family then we open it up to questions.  We usually allow for 1 1/2 to 2 hours and seldom run out of questions.

    Something I've read about, but not tried, is simulations of the sensory issues like trying to write with mittens on, listen to instructions with headphones with a radio slight off the station on or someone whispering in your ear, sitting on something prickly, etc.

     Tonya Hettler



    Tonya Hettler on Monday, 20 September 2010, 00:48 CDT # |

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