Alexandra Solomon • Saturday Morning
The number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased dramatically in the last 20 years, and its diagnosis can mean overwhelming practical, financial, and emotional challenges for families. In this workshop, we’ll explore strategies for aiding them as they sort through treatment alternatives and negotiate the confusing choices between conflicting treatment philosophies: for instance, the Autism Research Institute’s (ARI) biomedical approach, which focuses on repairing the ASD child’s damaged immune and digestive system and the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) model, which focuses on remediating the core deficits of autism by increasing dynamic intelligence. Because the family’s stress level can be high, we’ll talk about the importance of couples therapy as a way to keep marital ties from eroding and discuss how to address common concerns that arise when working with parents of children with autism. You’ll leave with a comprehensive understanding of the difficulties these families face and the specific guidance you can provide.
Alexandra Solomon, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, where she’s also an assistant professor.