Pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Strengths and Assets from Multiple Perspectives (Series 2 of 3)

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This webinar will summarize the results of four Pathways studies that sought to reframe the concept of a “good outcome” for individuals with ASD from a strengths based perspective. In the first study, we examined the prevalence and predictors of “doing well” in five developmental domains (communication, socialization, activities of daily living, and both internalizing and externalizing behaviour) in Pathways children between ages 9 to 11. In the second and third studies, we examined parents’ and teachers’ perceptions of positive character traits in a Pathways sample of children at ages 7-8 and 10-11. In the fourth study, we interviewed 32 youth with ASD (ages 11-18) about their perceived self-competencies (i.e., “super powers”), preferences, and plans for the future. The sample used pictorial and written supports in order to include participants who were both verbally fluent and minimally verbal. Altogether, these four studies are reminders of the importance of looking past diagnostic labels, test scores, and behavioural challenges to focus on individual strengths, toward the goal of supporting people with ASD to live the lives that they define as both meaningful and fulfilling.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to
● Describe broad indicators and predictors of proficiency and growth for children with ASD in middle childhood
● Describe the most common positive character traits of children with ASD, from parents’ perspectives
● Describe the most common positive character traits of children with ASD, from teachers’ perspectives
● Describe a strategy for including both verbally fluent and minimally verbal participants with ASD in first-person interviews

Primary audience(s):
● Parents
● Front-line service providers
● Patient/family partners/advocates

Secondary audience(s):
● Researchers
● Senior leaders
● Middle managers
● Policy makers

View/register for part 1 & 3 of this webinar series:

Part 1 | Pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Canadian Lens (Webinar Series: 1 of 3)

Part 3 | Pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Mental Health Risk and Resilience (Webinar Series 3 of 3)

Dr. Pat Mirenda (Ph.D., BCBA-D)
Dr. Mirenda is the Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education and past Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia. She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has published over 150 research articles and chapters.

Dr. Katherine Tombeau Cost (Ph.D)
Dr. Cost is a research associate in the Department of Neurosciences and Mental Health in the Research Institute and in the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children. She applies innovative research and statistical methods to understand the differential contributions of biological, psychological, and sociological variables to parent and child mental health.

Dr. Anat Zaidman-Zait (Ph.D.)
Dr. Zaidman-Zait is the Associate Professor in the Department of School Counselling and Special Education at Tel-Aviv University and Affiliate scholar at the Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia. Her research is focused on coping processes, mental health, and well-being among families and their children with autism; aiming to improve the lives of neurodivergent children and their families.

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Created by Logan Green on 2021/05/18 23:36