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ONLINE PARENT GROUP: 

Coping for Parents of Individuals with Autism

Tuesdays, April 16-May 21, 2024
6 Group Sessions
11:30 am -1:00 pm

Parenting a child with autism brings a range of emotions, which can be difficult for parents to manage. While parents often want to focus on the joys of parenting, they may struggle with the complex and overwhelming emotions they experience. Parents may feel that they do not have the bandwidth to parent their child as they would like, or to fully engage with their daily tasks. Join this 6-session group to learn how to:  

  • identify your parenting values

  • practice staying in the moment with your child when strong emotions arise

  • recognize and recraft your relationship with your thoughts about your child and yourself

Who should attend this group? This group is open to parents of individuals with ASD of all ages.

Is this group in person or virtual? This group will be offered online via Zoom. 

How many parents will attend? Spots will be limited to 6 parents to allow for personalized coaching and feedback. 

How much does this group cost? The cost of the group is $600 for six 90-minute sessions, and includes a 1-hour individual intake session with the clinician who will run the group. Please contact us for questions about insurance or sliding scale.

For more information or to enroll in this group, please e-mail us!

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ONLINE PARENT GROUP

Managing Challenging Behavior in Your Child with Autism

Mondays, April 15-May 20, 2024
6 Group Sessions
6:30-8:00 pm

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Teaching parents to address their child's challenging behavior can lead to significant reductions in child behavior such as noncompliance, aggressions, and tantrums. Importantly, parents who learn skills in managing their child's behavior also experience decreases in their reported parenting stress. In this 6-session group, join other parents to learn how to: 

  • determine why your child engages in challenging behavior

  • implement preventative strategies to head off challenging behavior

  • identify and use reinforcement to motivate your child to use appropriate behavior and communication

  • utilize tools like visual schedules to increase predictability for your child

  • respond to challenging behavior

Who should attend this group?  This group is appropriate for parents of children with ASD between the ages of 3 and 10 years old.

Is this group in person or virtual? This group will be offered online via Zoom. 

How many parents will attend? Spots will be limited to 6 parents to allow for personalized coaching and feedback. 

How much does this group cost? The cost of the group is $600 for six 90-minute sessions, and includes a 1-hour individual intake session with the clinician who will run the group. Please contact us for questions about insurance or sliding scale.

For more information or to enroll in this group, please e-mail us!

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WEBINAR/CE EVENT

Through a Parent's Lens: Understanding and Supporting Families of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, April 17
1:00-3:00 pm
Zoom

This event is offered in collaboration with Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.

The experiences of family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unique, and the relationships present unique challenges. For parents of individuals with ASD, parents’ level of stress negatively impacts child outcome in response to intervention (Osborne et al., 2008). However, research indicates that support and training from professionals can reduce parental mental health concerns (Iadarola et al., 2018). Further, some research in related disciplines indicates that professional empathy can improve patient adherence to treatment (Beach et al., 2006). Taken together, professionals who incorporate empathy and effective parent training into their work with families have the potential to maximize treatment benefit.  

 

This workshop, designed for behavior analysts and other professionals working with individuals with ASD, as well as family members, aims to increase professional understanding of family members’ experiences and how best to support them during treatment for the child with ASD. Dr. Fiske will summarize the research on the impact of raising a child with ASD on the mental health and relationships of parents and caregivers. Strategies for building rapport with and supporting caregivers during treatment will be provided.

To illustrate what is known from research, Dr. Fiske will share clips from the film, “Love and Communication,” written and directed by a parent of a child with autism, and a panel of parents will voice their experiences as they are related to the topics Dr. Fiske covers.  

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE

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UPCOMING FREE SIBLING GROUP: 

Online Support Group for Siblings of Children with Autism

Annually from Janary-March
8 Group Sessions
Day and Time TBD

This free sibling support group is run in collaboration with the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center of Rutgers University. The support group is facilitated by doctoral students in clinical and school psychology at Rutgers University, and supervised by Dr. Kate Fiske. 

This group is open to siblings ages 7-16. If interest allows, multiple age groups will be run simultaneously, with a cap of 10 siblings per group. The content of the group covers the following topics through discussion, games, and hands-on activities: 

  • Psychoeducation about autism

  • Emotion recognition and coping

  • Problem-solving

  • Communicating with siblings

There is no charge for these sibling support groups. The support groups are run remotely via Zoom. For more more information, please e-mail us!

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