Autism conference in works

Seneca Autism Learning and Support Association is offering an autism conference 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St.

“Pathways Through Autism” is designed to provide information for parents to help them navigate each stage of life “on the road of autism.”

Parents will be able to interact with providers and vendors from several area counties that work in the field of autism spectrum disorders. Speakers have been scheduled to answer frequently-asked questions and direct parents to appropriate resources.

“This could benefit anyone with an autistic child,” said Amber Stover, one of the organizers.

The 45-minute sessions have been divided into three age categories. The topics for preschool and early education include “My Autism Journey” by Mike and Sandy Hallet, one of SALSA’s founders; “ASD Diagnosis and The Next Steps” by Sherry Thomas and Colleen Newman; and “Occupational and Physical Therapy” by Deb Ellis and Linda Chambers.

For the middle school group, the topics are “SibShop and Social Scene” by Linelle Weinberg; “Sex Education for Parents of Middle School-Aged Children” by Denise Sawan Caruso; and “Financial Planning” by Lyn Tramontauno.

The sessions concerning high school and older individuals are “Bridges – Transition to Employment” by Vanessa Shutler; “Transition to Higher Education” by Kathy O’Donnell; and “Sex Education for Parents of High School-Aged Students” by Denise Sawan Caruso.

Agencies slated to participate include ASNO, BCMH, Bittersweet Farms, Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Edward Jones, Firelands Consulting, Geary Family YMCA, GLAC, Got-Autism, NCOESC, OCALI, OCECD, SALSA, Parent Mentors, Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Seneca County Opportunity Center, Tiffin City Schools, Tiffin Community YMCA, Tiffin Dental Associates, Tri-Rivers Vocational School, Vanguard-Sentinel Career

and Technology Center and Wyandot County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

“Pathways Through Autism” is free. For more information about the conference or SALSA, call Sandy at (419) 618-0687.