The BCASC in collaboration with Autism Cares Foundation is proud to host the 8th Annual Autism Conference.
The distinct keynote speakers, Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin’s mother, Jill Kuzma, Speech-Language Pathologist and Andy Bondy, Ph.D, BCBA will each focus on different aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders.Saturday, March 28, 2015 8:30am-4:00pm Central Bucks High School- WEST 375 West Court Street Doylestown, PA 18901 USE THE URL BELOW TO REGISTER https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1633907 *Discounted prices until March 6, 2015* “Eustacia Cutler Reaches Out to Local Parents of Autistic Children”By Debra FormanEustacia Cutler knows there is no magic formula when it comes to easing the path for children and young adults with autism.
But as the mother of Temple Grandin, a world-renown lecturer and author, Cutler has years of experience helping parents and educators figure out the educational, emotional, sociological, and psychological needs of their sons and daughters with autism.
A leading expert on the complex topic of autism, Cutler will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Bucks County Autism Support Coalition’s 8th Annual Autism Conference in Doylestown, Pa. on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will be held at the Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown.
The non-profit group’s mission is to provide resources that will help the parents and children improve the quality of their lives. The upcoming conference will be held in collaboration with the Autism Cares Foundation of Richboro, Pa.
“Everybody wants magic or easy answers, but there is none,” Cutler recently said. “What there is instead is hard work, perseverance, love, patience, kindness, insight and discernment. I want to share that insight. I believe that the more we share what each of us know, the better choices we will make for each of our children, and collectively.”
Cutler is not only the loving mother of four grown children; she has been the tireless advocate for her daughter, Temple Grandin, now 67. When Cutler was told that her daughter might never speak, or thrive, or that she should send her away, Cutler refused to give up on her daughter.
The author of the 2006 book, “A Thorn in My Pocket,” [Future Horizons, Inc], Cutler describes in great detail life with her daughter Temple in the conservative world of the ’50s when autistic children were routinely diagnosed as infant schizophrenics and sent to institutions.
Cutler has a B.A. from Harvard. Her research on autism resulted in her creating the scripts for two award-winning WGBH television documentaries: “The Disquieted” and “The Innocents.”
Many parents of children with autism readily admit that they are often frustrated and overwhelmed as they try to arrange the “puzzle pieces” that will help their children succeed. These parents feel isolated and are often searching for educators, therapists and other experts that will help them with their own difficult journey.
“It’s a slow process that requires tremendous patience,” Cutler explained, “but we can help our children be the best children and adults that they can be. I think what parents need to know is that these things take longer than you think they’re going to.”
As an example, she said, it took her daughter, Temple, six years to do four years of high school. “I was worried because she wasn’t doing any studying of any kind,” Cutler recalled. “But the very wise man who ran that school said to me, ‘Don’t worry about it. It doesn’t matter. Let her get through her adolescence, let her find herself, and then she will find her mind.’ And it worked just the way he said.”
Not only did Temple graduate from high school, she went on to earn a PhD, is a noted author of several books, a world-wide autism and animal lecturer, and a professor at Colorado State University.
“One of the reasons that I speak at autism conferences,” Cutler explained, “is to bring hope to these parents, and to help them find a road that they might possibly follow to help develop their own identity, while still helping their child.”
For further information about the 8th Annual BCASC Autism Conference, please go to: www.bcasc.org.
For more information about Eustacia Cutler, visit:http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/eustacia-cutler
Six Tips From Eustacia Cutler For Parents of Children With Autism
- Help Each Other. Those who have been down the road need to help those who are beginning their struggle. Hearing other stories and choices that were made can give each of us comfort that is greatly needed.
- Give them options. I picked out three schools for my daughter that I liked, took her to all three and let her have a hand in her own destiny. And it worked.
- Give them opportunities to thrive. Our children don’t realize that we have opened doors for them by exposing them to music, art, theater, sports, community activities and more. Part of our job is to bring another aspect of the world to them.
- Stretch them. Find that activity the child is good at and give them every opportunity to expand their knowledge and participation.
- Trust your gut instincts. Sometimes the teachers or other experts are not the only teachers. As a parent, you know your child best, so trust your own intuition, and work with them on your own as much as you can.
- Find your own identity. You are not being selfish. No matter how much you love your child, you must carve out time for your own interests. I was in a play when Temple and her siblings were young and they loved the glittering costumes so much they went home and made up their own plays.