Catherine Faherty created a model classroom in the mid-1980’s for elementary-aged students with ASD, before becoming a TEACCH psychoeducational specialist working with children and adults on the autism spectrum through the internationally recognized TEACCH program in North Carolina. Since 1990, She works directly with children and adults with ASD, and their families and teachers. She facilitates a long-running social groups for adults with ASD, and support groups for their family members. She consults to, and trains teachers and other professionals nationally and internationally.
She has written training manuals for TEACCH, including the TEACCH Structured Teaching Self-Assessment: Guides to Individualizing the Schedule and Work System. Catherine’s first groundbreaking book Aspergers…What Does It Mean To Me? (Future Horizons,2000) promotes self-understanding for children and youth with ASD, and encourages mutual understanding within their families, schools, and communities. Her award-winning book, Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life, (Future Horizons, 2008) was named 2009 Book of the Year by the Autism Society of America, and is an interactive guide for individuals with ASD and their loved ones. In her book, Communication: What Does It Mean To Me? (Future Horizons, 2010) she suggests ways to avoid misunderstanding and miscommunication between people on the autism spectrum and their non-spectrum communication partners. All of her books are written in the clear, autism-friendly communication style, characteristic of Social StoriesTM. Catherine is a member of Carol Gray’s Team Social Stories, and enjoys sharing her knowledge gained from experience with others, as well as continuing to be inspired by her on-going interaction with families and individuals on the autism spectrum.
Title: A Practical Approach to Fine-Tuning Your Teaching Style and Improving Communication with Verbal Students with ASD or Asperger's
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Session: Pre-Conference - Session #2