Autism Society Acadiana held a workshop in Kaplan today to inform those who want to know more about autism and strategies for helping others on the spectrum.
The workshop covered topics such as
- What is autism?
- Difficult behaviors that typically occur and triggers
- Tips and strategies for dealing with some of the challenges people with autism experience
Board member Paul Ganucheau was at the workshop to answer questions and provide information from the point of view of someone with autism.
Autism Society Acadiana was formed in 1985 by a group of parents whose children had autism. They wanted to provide information, guidance, and support to other families. Now, the group serves more than 800 people in seven Acadiana parishes.
The organization offers support groups, education stipends, and workshops like the one held today.
"They take home strategies and knowledge," explained board member Stephanie Krielow. "Things like autism aren't nearly as scary if you're educated and you know what to do and you know how to approach individuals on the spectrum."
Find more information on the organization here.