Whether in school, the workplace, or in the community, preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying is a major concern for parents and educators of children with ASDs. Children on the autism spectrum or with social learning differences face unique challenges when it comes to recognizing and reacting to bullying. They may be unaware of what bullying is, the forms that it may take, and the appropriate response. They may not realize the difference between innocent teasing and acts of cruelty or harassment—and as a result, are more likely to be the victims of bullying, or to bully others themselves.
In this free two-hour evening workshop for parents and professionals, expert author and speaker Esther Williams will present strategies to help teachers and caregivers coach children in proactive bullying awareness and prevention. Attendees will learn about effective interventions and activities that foster compassion and respect, and how to help empower bystanders to act when they notice someone with a disability being bullied. Parents will learn what to do (and what not to do) in response to their child being bullied at school or in the community. Educators will learn how to implement anti-bullying measures in the classroom and how to promote a school-wide culture of communication and caring. Ms. Williams will also offer inspiring advice and anecdotes from her years as a professional counselor and educator, including how to see humor in uncomfortable situations as a parent of children with disabilities.
This event is part of Y.A.L.E. School’s ongoing commitment to providing a bullying-free environment for its students and supports initiatives encouraged each October by the NJ Department of Education, including “Week of Respect” and “School Violence Awareness Week.” To promote respect for diversity at school, Ms. Williams will also conduct daytime workshops for our students and staff. Y.A.L.E. parents who attend the evening workshop are invited to return for a small-group discussion the following day hosted by Y.A.L.E. Cherry Hill anti-bullying coordinators, Tom Diaz, MSW and Nicole Spiegel, MSW.
About the presenter:
Esther Williams is an internationally known educator, author and licensed professional counselor (LPC) who brings her unique style and humor to seminars, workshops, and keynote speeches.
Ms. Williams has published two books, Breaking Down the Wall of Anger and The Bully, The Bullied and Beyond, both available through YouthLight Inc. She consults with school systems throughout the United States on numerous school-related issues including bullying, anger management, ADHD and student motivation.
Ms. Williams has experience as a middle school teacher and counselor and an elementary and alternative school counselor. She has 25 years of experience in public education. Additionally, she has worked with students with disabilities as a classroom teacher, school counselor, private practice therapist, and is the parent of two children with disabilities.
Learn more about Ms. Williams on her website: www.positivepaths.com
Event Registration and Details
This event is free and open to the public, educators, advocates, and parents of Y.A.L.E. School students at all Y.A.L.E. campuses. Y.A.L.E. School staff members are also invited to attend.
All attendees must register online for free tickets to reserve their seat(s). Tickets are limited, and the deadline for registration is
Friday, October 17th Tues. October 21st at 5:00 PM.
Professionals may earn two professional development credits for attending this workshop.
Doors open at 6:30 PM with the workshop beginning promptly at 7:00. Free parking is available onsite at the Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus, and public transportation is accessible nearby via NJ Transit.
Childcare will not be provided and seating is limited, so we kindly request that parents do not bring children to the event.