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Autism, ADHD, and the Sensory Spectrum:
What to Do with Quirky in a Neurotypical World
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:30 – 8:00p.m.
Watkins Early Childhood Center
21 Burns Drive, Newport News
Most of us know that kid who seems obsessed with Star Wars, Minecraft, or baseball scores. Or those who can’t get any schoolwork done because they are constantly daydreaming, or they can’t ever seem to keep still. Are you struggling with a child who seems to burst into tears or a rage over something that appears insignificant? Are you wondering why he or she will spend hours doing their favorite activity even ignoring food, or, why they can’t make a simple decision let alone a big one? Neurodiversity describes certain brain types which are finally beginning to be more easily recognized and appreciated. Learn tips to maneuver the challenges and bring out the best in the children you know in your community, especially those who may be at home! Discuss ways to help others understand what is going on and use tools to help daily activities run more smoothly.
Rachel Bevins, M.T., is an educator and advocate, a board member of the Autism Society of Tidewater, and a mom to two wonderful kids on the sensory spectrum. She is working to bring more understanding of neurodiversity to the community at large as well as support and understanding to spectrum families. She facilitates a family support group on the second Tuesday of each month in Newport News and offers workshops and working lunches to local churches, pediatric offices, schools, and other groups who work with groups of children.