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Free Informational Seminar on Autism
Families, Health, Schools
Free Informational Seminar on Autism

Social Cognition

What’s it all about?

When: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

From: 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Mount Desert Island High School Library

To register and for more information call Eliza at 288-5037

This two hour informational offering is designed for parents, professionals, and community members who want to learn more about the inner mind of person who have a diagnosis which places them on the Autism Spectrum (Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, or High Functioning Autism), persons with Non-Verbal Learning Disability, ADHD, or persons with no diagnosis but who have social communicative challenges. The social processing difficulties experienced by persons with social cognitive deficits will be described with an emphasis placed on how and why these difficulties impact not only social communication in the home and community but also how these deficits impact group work and academic skills. Although the timeframe for this talk will not allow an in depth review of treatment approaches, a variety of treatment strategies and resources will be introduced, If there is community interest, additional offerings related to assessment of and treatment strategies for persons who experience social cognitive deficits will be offered later in the year. The goal of this presentation is to help parents, educators, and professionals appreciate how social thinking and social skills is an integral part of a person’s academic, vocational and community success.

 About the Presenter

Suzanne Bishop is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in working with students with social cognitive deficits. She has worked in numerous settings including schools, outpatient clinics, residential treatment facilities and hospitals. She has run social cognitive groups for high school students as well as worked with younger students on developing social thinking skills. Most recently she has attended the Mentor Training Program, an intensive three day training in social thinking, offered by Michelle Garcia Winner at her Social Thinking Clinic in San Jose, Ca. Suzanne currently works for Maine Coast Memorial Hospital at their outpatient clinic in Somesville, Maine.

Sponsored by Southwest Harbor Clinic Committee, a division of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

and Mount Desert Island Regional School System.

Refreshments will be provided by MDIRSS.


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