Autism: Defuse Inflammatory Statements, Desires, and Decisions with Your Highly Verbal Loved One
Are you the parent of a teenager or adult on the autism spectrum?
Do you struggle with various things that your loved one says when they assert something that they think (“You’re stupid!”, “All teachers suck!”) or want (“I want to punch him in the face!”, “I’m going to break into that store!”)?
Do you have a hard time with some of the decisions they make (skipping school/work, shouting at someone, eating a gallon of ice cream, breaking something on purpose, etc.)?
Do you find yourself in confrontations with your teenager/adult over these issues?
It doesn’t have to be this way.
This go-at-your-own-pace mini-workshop will give you a brand new (and much more effective and productive!) approach to your loved one on the spectrum – particularly with regard to addressing potentially problematic thoughts, desires, statements, or decisions they might make. For most of us, addressing statements our loved ones on the spectrum make – statements that push our buttons, seem socially unwise, or deeply concern us because of potential consequences – can feel incredibly tricky, uncomfortable, fraught with pitfalls, and maybe even unsolvable.
That’s exactly why we created this mini-workshop – so we can introduce you to an approach we call Taxi Driver Decisional Assistance. This approach opens the door to a different way for your loved one on the spectrum to think about their thoughts, desires, statements, and decisions without you having to push, contradict, argue, threaten, scold, or debate them. Doesn’t that sound like an incredible relief?
In this mini-workshop - which comes with lifetime access (as long as the course exists) so you can go back through it again anytime you feel the need to - we’ll show you how to give your highly verbal loved one on the spectrum:
- A venue to explore things (events, feelings, recurring thoughts, ongoing issues, shyness, anxiety) that are bothering them.
- A chance to work through and problem-solve challenges that they are trying to figure out for themselves.
- A way to think through the social and other consequences of potential decisions, extreme responses, magical thinking, belligerence, etc. using a conflict-free analogy and discussion style.
- A place where they can express themselves fully and be deeply understood by you.
A method of facilitating much better decision-making while not giving your loved one anything to push against or rebel against.
Complete with super clear explanations and very useful handouts, this mini-workshop will equip you to defuse difficulties, disarm discord, de-escalate disputes, and develop decision-making.
1. Raun K. Kaufman:
Author, lecturer, and former CEO Raun K. Kaufman has worked with families and educators for the past 25 years. He also brings his own experience as someone who himself was diagnosed with so-called “severe” (non-speaking) autism as a child.
- An international lecturer and graduate of the Ivy League’s Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Raun has completed lecture tours in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania, France, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
- He is the author of the award-winning book, Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World.
- He has been interviewed by media such as National Public Radio, BBC Television, Fox News Channel, The London Telegraph, and People Magazine.
- As a child, Raun was diagnosed with so-called “severe” (non-speaking) autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization. Instead, his parents worked with him in a totally new way they developed, enabling him to blossom, grow, and, ultimately, accomplish everything his parents were promised he would not. A book and television movie were made about his journey.
2. Kate C. Wilde:
Kate C. Wilde has spent the last 30 years working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as with therapists, educators, and schools.
- She is the author of the acclaimed books, Autistic Logistics: A Parent’s Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Tantrums, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges, The Autism Language Launcher: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Turn Sounds and Words Into Simple Conversations and Autism Abracadabra: Seven Magic Ingredients to Help Develop Your Child’s Interactive Attention Span.
- Renowned for the courses she teaches throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Kate also speaks at worldwide online autism summits.
- She is a columnist for Exceptional Needs Today, and has written articles for such publications as Autism Parenting Magazine in the U.S. and SEN Magazine in the U.K.
- She has forever left her mark on the autism world by having, over the years, intensively trained and qualified more than forty professionals who have gone on to help thousands of families, children, and educators across the globe.