Autism to be beneficiary of workshop

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ANDREW Swindale has autism. The condition means it is hard for him to adapt to the many social behaviours that most people are accustomed to in our society.

Andrew's mother Michelle said autistic people often say whatever they are feeling at the time and are prone to outbursts.

'The autistic young adults love to speak their mind, or hug anyone if they feel like it,' she said.

But she said a workshop coming to Gladstone next week would go a long way to providing a few tips on how to control these outbursts.

Canadian expert Doctor Isabelle Henault will be in Gladstone on March 19 and 20 to host the program.

The sexual behaviour workshop will focus on adolescent who have Asperger's Syndrome (AS).

And Michelle believes it will help local sufferers enhance their social adaptions.

'The workshop will help them find skills which help control their outbursts,' she said.

She said the workshop would go a long way towards improving their social and sexual skills.

The workshop was also an opportunity for the parents to get involved, she said.

'By having both the parents and the child there it enables the adolescent and the parent to create a bond and understanding,' Michelle said.

Andrew said he was also looking forward to the course so he could meet others and learn more about his body. Anyone interested in attending the course should contact Michelle on 4978 3697.



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