On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Autism Society of Alaska Partnered with Hope Counseling Center to present a hands-on workshop: “Building Communication for Improved Listening and Compliance in Adolescents and Teens who Experience Autism.” It was presented by two therapists for Hope Counseling, Matthew Sena, MA LPC, the Clinical Director and Kylie Gore-Hall, MS at the Autism Society of Alaska Office.
During this workshop, professionals, parents, and individuals participated in activities that offered firsthand knowledge to the difficulties adolescents and teens who experience autism might encounter while conversing. Participants partnered up and acted out different scenarios. Here they learned many skills, strategies, and tips:
- Communication involves a speaker, a listener, and a message
- What each role entails
- How to minimize distractions
- The importance of paraphrasing and more
Everyone left with tools to help build the listening skills of not only their child or clients but also themselves. All of this was achieved in a comforting environment full of conversation and networking.
This presentation was brought by the Autism Society of Alaska’s Community Enrichment program. This program was created to solve some of the community’s most common requests, access to information about networking with other families and leisure activities for individuals with autism. The Autism Society of Alaska (A.S.A) partners with local businesses to provide leisure opportunities to those who experience autism, while also providing networking, socializing, and referral services to the whole family. A.S.A. also hosts community presentations and workshops on a range of topics affecting individuals with autism.
Want to learn more about the Autism Society of Alaska Community Enrichment Program? Visit A.S.A’s website to see more events to come.
For more information on Hope Counseling Center and the services they offer, check out their website.