Webinar - Live - Supporting Emotional Regulation Through Neuro-affirmative Care with Kathleen Patterson

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This webinar explores how many young autistic and neurodiverse people often feel overwhelmed by their environment and surroundings and how, as a result, they might become dysregulated.  

Together, we will aim to understand what might be happening in that moment for them and how, as a parent, a caregiver or a professional, we can adopt a non-judgmental and neuro-affirming approach that fosters autonomy, builds the capacity to advocate for oneself, and supports overall well-being.   

At the heart of our conversation lies the concept of neuro-affirmative care—a compassionate approach that embraces individual differences and nurtures autonomy.  


Learning Objectives: 

  1. 1. Understand sensory overload and recognize signs of feeling overwhelmed.
  2. 2. Explore dysregulation and learn strategies for self-regulation and co-regulation
  3. 3. Gain insights into supporting individuals through neuro-affirmative care practices.

Through insightful discussions on self-regulation and the power of co-regulation, we aim to equip parents, caregivers, and professionals with practical strategies to support neurodiverse youth effectively. 

Whether you're a parent seeking understanding, a caregiver aiming to provide better support, or a professional dedicated to fostering inclusive environments, this webinar offers insights to enhance the well-being of neurodiverse youth. We recognize that there's no one-size-fits-all solution; instead, we'll explore general strategies to support neurodiverse youth effectively. 

Register here: https://bit.ly/3TfrMt6

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Speaker: Kathleen Patterson  

Working in the mental health and helping profession for over 25 years, Kathleen Patterson has served a diverse clientele through the years including children, adolescents, adults, and families. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Laval University and a graduate diploma in psychotherapy and spiritual care from Wilfrid Laurier University. As a professional, Kathleen has held various positions as a psychotherapist, as a coordinator and program manager for specialized services serving a 0-18 population, and as a mental health leader for a school board.  

She is currently the clinical team leader for the adult mental health services at the Centre Francophone du grand Toronto, and is also the founder of Neuro Unique, a consultation and therapy service that aims to offer neuro affirmative care for neurodiverse individuals and their families.  Kathleen Patterson is a parent to two children on the autism spectrum. 


Moderated By: Matt Ley

Matt Ley is the current President and co-founder of The Streaming Network. Starting his career in virtual events in 2007, Matt is an industry veteran who is passionate about helping customers stand out in their industry with compelling virtual events that people want to attend. The driving ambition for Matt is that virtual events are not a utility for information distribution but an opportunity for firms to create a competitive advantage. Matt is an accomplished speaker, moderator, and a sought-after thought leader. 



Disclaimer: Opinions reflected in this webinar are those of the speaker(s) and presenter(s), and do not necessarily reflect Autism Ontario’s views. Please note Autism Ontario does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service, or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information. Autism Ontario strongly believes that it is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions.

This presentation is also being offered in French; see here for more information.

April 18th, 2024 12:00 PM   through   1:00 PM
On-line / En ligne
: 416-246-9592
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