Dr Peter Vermeulen will be answering your questions in our live online Q&A, Wednesday 2 September 2015, 12.30pm (GMT).
Peter is Co-Director of Autisme Centraal, a training and education centre for autism spectrum disorders in Belgium. Peter has worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 25 years, and is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer. Peter has published more than 15 books and several articles on autism, including. "This is the title: on autistic thinking" (2001), "I am Special: handbook for psycho-education" (2000, revised edition 2013), and "Autism as context blindness" (2012), a book than won several awards in the USA.
Peter will be speaking at our upcoming conference Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Janus View of Autism, taking place on 25-26 November 2015. He will address the subject of moving towards a more positive approach to autism, and will give an outline of some strategies that aim at increasing quality of life and emotional well-being in people with ASD.
Quality of life, including being an active and responsible citizen and experiencing emotional well-being or happiness, has received little attention in the field of autism spectrum disorders. Peter asks the question what if we would make a U-turn in our approach? And change from a focus on the deficits, the challenges, the stress and mental health issues in autism towards a more positive focus on strengths, skills, opportunities, responsibility and well-being? Based on the principles of positive psychology, Peter argues for a change in focus and suggests that instead of concentrating on the lack of emotional well-being in people with autism, we should develop strategies to facilitate their feeling of happiness.
Autism Care UK are supporting our upcoming conference Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Janus View of Autism 25-26 November. This is the first of four pre-event online Q&As. Details of further Q&As to be announced.
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