Northborough, MA, October 25, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Award winning autism nonprofit organization, The Friendship Network for Children, Inc., announces a free workshop on autism and social development on November 2, 2013 in Northborough, MA. The workshop, titled “Helping Your Child Thrive: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Autism and Social Development,” is for parents of a child with autism or other social learning disabilities.
The workshop is from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Northborough Public Library on 34 Main Street, Northborough, MA. It offers a deeper look at the different levels of social development in children with autism. “It is important for parents to have a thorough understanding of their child’s social world in order to help them succeed in life,” says Nancy Swanberg, Founder and Executive Director of The Friendship Network. “There is more to social development than meets the eye. It involves everything from bedtime routines to college readiness, from sharing toys to creating lasting friendships.”
Kimberly Welch, art therapist at The Friendship Network, explains the need for this workshop. "Working with autistic children, I have seen firsthand how social confusion has a dramatic negative impact on their lives – much more than most people realize. We need to meet the children where they are at, and then bring them forward with accommodations and emotional support so life is not so overwhelming."
"Many interventions try to correct symptoms without regard to feelings," says Swanberg. "We take the child’s whole development into consideration." She founded The Friendship Network because of the extreme loneliness and isolation that often goes untreated in children with autism.
Swanberg and Welch will facilitate the workshop. Both are professional counselors specializing in autism. The parent workshop is open to the public. Family members and professionals are welcome to attend.
For more information and to preregister for the free workshop, visit the organization’s web site at http://www.networkforchildren.org.