The awareness of autism has exploded in our cultural consciousness in the past decade, and more and more individuals are being identified on the autism spectrum. But what exactly is autism, and why is it sometimes challenging for people on the spectrum to get along in the “regular” world? How does a person with an atypical brain process things and how can science help people with autism succeed in day-to-day life?
It is important to celebrate neurodiversity and encourage society to adapt to being more inclusive of individuals with differences. In addition, there are also ways to help people with autism navigate the world more easily. Neuroeducation methods of teaching — a combination of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and language — have shown tremendous progress in helping prepare students and adults with autism to successfully integrate into our complex society. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Ellyn Arwood and Chris Merideth from the University of Portland will examine the most current scientific research about autism and explore how these findings can be used by parents, educators, and adults to promote long-lasting brain growth and social development in children and adults on the autism spectrum.
Dr. Arwood and Mr. Merideth will have copies of their book Neuro-Education: A Translation from Theory to Practice for sale at the event.