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Workshop Event: Dr. Peter Gerhardt and Katie Curran “A Spectrum of Happiness: Fostering Resiliency, Flexibility and Optimism in Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum”

The Y.A.L.E. School presents a special evening workshop for parents, educators, and advocates entitled A Spectrum of Happiness: Fostering Resiliency, Flexibility and Optimism in Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum featuring Dr. Peter Gerhardt & Katie Curran.

For any young person growing up, life has its ups and downs. The ability to ‘bounce back’ from mistakes, setbacks and disappointment is a key aspect in coming of age. For many adolescents and young adults on the spectrum, resiliency “grit,” and optimism are hard to come by, especially as social demands and expectations for independence increase.

In this two hour program, parents, educators and others will learn from experts about “the science of hope,” and how to teach young people with ASDs the skills needed to persevere to achieve long term goals, re-bound and get back on track, and how to develop and maintain a “glass half full” outlook about life.

Dr. Peter GerhardtPeter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., is an internationally-recognized expert, lecturer, researcher and author on adults with autism. With more than 30 years of experience working with those on the spectrum, Dr. Gerhardt is now in private practice and is writing a book about resiliency and optimism in those with ASD.

Katie M. Curran, MAPP, is the founder of Strength Based Behavior Consultants, where she collaborates with families and professionals to assist individuals with autism in recognizing and reaching their full potential. Together with Dr. Gerhardt, she is writing a book about resiliency and optimism.

Event Location

The Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus
2127 Church Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Event Registration Info

This event is open to the public, educators, advocates, and parents of current Y.A.L.E. School students at all Y.A.L.E. school campuses. Y.A.L.E. School staff members are also invited to attend. Childcare will not be provided and seating is limited, so we kindly request that parents do not bring children to the event. Free parking is provided at the school. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free to attend, but guests must register online no later than Monday 4/28. Please register for tickets below or visit the Eventbrite page for this event.