Autism Canada / KidsAbility 2011 Conference – Kitchener ON, Oct 14 & 15

Please introduce yourself to me during this conference. I am honoured to be one of this year’s speakers, and looking forward to an excellent weekend.

Speaker Abstract: Valerie MacLean is a certified HANDLE® (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency) practitioner and instructor, and implements the HANDLE approach to families across Canada, through the Phoenix Centre for Neurodevelopment, Osteopathy and Complementary Therapies, located in Peterborough Ontario. HANDLE is an effective, gentle, whole person therapy for people of all ages, and for a wide range of issues, including autism, based in neuroplasticity and synaptogenesis. Valerie has written several articles and is a frequent speaker at local, national and international conferences. She is also studying Osteopathy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy.

Presentation Title: Weaving the Fabric of Autism with HANDLE – Helping Extraordinary People Do Ordinary Things

Abstract: Valerie MacLean will speak about the international award- winning HANDLE approach. The presentation explores the work of Judith Bluestone, the originator of the… HANDLE approach. In her book, The Fabric of Autism, Weaving the Threads into a Cogent Theory, Bluestone combines her personal autistic experience with academic research and more than 40 years of clinical practice to craft a unique and compelling view of the phenomenon called autism. This presentation is designed for those who interact with children and adults experiencing sensory, cognitive, motor, social, and behavioural difficulties. We recognize that many struggling individuals are attending to their inner needs, and have less attention and energy to learn and develop efficiently. This is often the case with those who are hyper or hypo sensitive to factors in their environment, those with neurodevelopmental challenges, or those with sensory integration issues.

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