April 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM
MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Special Education Committee (M-SPEC) presented an autism awareness program, "A Teen's Guide to Autism," at the Millburn public library on Thursday.
Moderated by MSPEC President Sondra Kasdon, the event was a lively interactive program that included social skills expert Dr. Jed Baker and a Millburn high school student who spoke candidly about being autistic and navigating the social scene in Millburn schools. Also included on the panel were Alexandra Jackman, a Westfield high school freshman who presented her short film, "A Teen's Guide to Understanding & Communicating with People with Autism," and finally, family members of teenagers on the spectrum who offered their insights about how to support kids with autism in social situations.
Dr. Baker discussed some of the social skills programming he has implemented in Millburn schools including a peer buddy program to allow kids on the spectrum and typical kids to get to know each other better and foster friendships based on mutual interests. The students and families alike spoke of the value of such programs and expressed hope that they will proliferate and continue.
The Millburn-Short Hills Special Education Committee (M-SPEC) is a special education parent group in the Millburn School District dedicated to empowering parents, guardians and educators of students with disabilities, and the community at large, with information, resources and support in order to allow our children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
For more information, visit www.mspecmillburn.org.