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Uniquely Human: Understanding and Supporting Neurodivergent Children

May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Abstract graphic of a brain with a headshot of Dr. Barry Prizant

Being a parent and a caregiver of a neurodivergent child can be challenging and overwhelming. They display many “abnormal behaviors,” may struggle to communicate their emotions, needs, and wants, and have difficulty relating to others and understanding the world around them.

Many people approach neurodivergent children by trying to fix and eliminate their “abnormal behavior.” Dr. Barry Prizant thinks otherwise.

Parents and Teachers, join our partner The Wellness Institute for a virtual event to learn a new perspective and vital insights on how to support neurodivergent children and discover strategies for school and home environments that will help neurodivergent children succeed. Attendees will learn to identify three behavioral patterns in autism that have been inaccurately identified as “deviant” and to apply strategies to support students and parents in schools and at home that emphasize a uniquely human perspective.


This event will be held on Zoom. Register at the link below and use promo code GATEWAYS18 for free admission.

Our Presenter

Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, is among the world’s leading authorities on autism, and is recognized as an innovator of respectful, person- and family-centered approaches for individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. With close to fifty years of experience as a scholar, researcher, and international consultant, he is an adjunct professor of communication disorders at the University of Rhode Island, a certified speech-language pathologist and director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Barry is coauthor of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach, now being implemented in more than a dozen countries.

He has published four books, more than 130 articles and chapters and has received many awards, including the Honors of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (their highest recognition), the Princeton University Eden Foundation career award in autism and the “Divine Neurotypical Award” of GRASP, the world’s largest autistic self-advocacy organization. He has been a two time featured presenter at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day.

Barry lives in Cranston, Rhode Island, with his wife, Dr. Elaine Meyer, a clinical psychologist and nurse, and Associate Professor in the Harvard Medical School. Barry is a performing percussionist and has a specific interest in the impact of the arts on enhancing quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families. He sits on the boards of two inclusive theatre companies co-founded by and including autistic actors.


May 23
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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