The Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) will host “Comorbidity & Autism – When ASD isn’t the only diagnosis of concern” — a free webinar for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), parents and caregivers, professionals, and anyone interested in learning how to support and keep people with ASD safe — at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.
“OUCARES’ mission is to help improve the quality of life of people impacted by autism,” said Kristin Rohrbeck, director of OUCARES. “As people with ASD grow and develop, they sometimes struggle with different comorbid challenges, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. When paired with social and self-advocacy difficulties, these new diagnoses can result in new and concerning behaviors, including suicidal ideations, self-harming behaviors, and sometimes suicidal attempts. This webinar is designed to help inform our families and manage such behaviors and maintain a positive quality of life.”
The OUCARES event will focus on sharing information and strategies to cope, including:
• Ways caregivers can better prepare and support comorbid diagnoses with an ASD diagnosis; • Strategies to help people with ASD advocate for themselves;
• How to determine the courses of action to maintain safety for individuals with ASD and their families.
The webinar is being presented by Hanna Jurgens, M.A., BCBA, LBA, regional clinical training coordinator for Positive Behavior Supports Corp.
While the webinar is free, advance registration is required. To RSVP, visit Comorbidity & Autism.
For more information about OUCARES, visit oakland.edu/oucares.