Autism Pseudoscience: How providers can identify, educate and intervene to protect children with Anne Borden King, co-founder of Autistics for Autistics
When: Thursday, July 13, 2023
12 – 1:30 pm PT / 2 – 3:30 pm, CT / 3 – 4:30 pm, EST
Register: $15 USD
Topic: The big business of Autism Pseudoscience and its real dangers and life-long direct consequences for autistic children.
Course Description: Anne Borden King, an autistic health journalist, will be presenting on the impact of autism pseudoscience on children and families. What is autism pseudoscience? How common is it? What are the red flags that a family may be using dangerous treatments? How can medical and service providers, educators, and families respond to help the child? The talk concludes with a discussion of how the neurodiversity movement is changing the conversation, from a “cure”-based, medical model towards more inclusive, humane support. This 45-minute presentation will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A and discussion.
Part 1: Autism pseudoscience: Hidden in plain sight
Part 2: The roots of autism pseudoscience—and why it is still so popular
Part 3: Direct actions that providers, educators, and family members can take to help
Part 4: Q&A/discussion
Audience: This educational presentation is appropriate for Family members of autistic children and young people, Therapy Providers including SLPS, OTs, and Mental Health Counselors, Educators, Medical Providers, and Medical Staff Members.
Course Includes: Professional Development Certificate and Slide Handout
Presenter Bio: Anne Borden King is a Toronto-based journalist. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Healthy Debate, and the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, among other publications. She is the host of Noncompliant, a popular podcast about neurodiversity. A co-founder of Autistics for Autistics, the Canadian autistic-led advocacy group, she has presented about autistic rights to the United Nations, the Canadian Senate, and other government entities. She is the founder of The Autistic Health Access project, which educates medical schools about access for autistic patients. Her upcoming book, The Children Do Not Consent explores the world of fake autism cures as well as the troubling relationships between pseudoscientific practices and some university-funded autism research.