‘Dynamic Child’ all about kids on the autism spectrum

By on February 2, 2011

MAPLE PARK—Parents and professionals are hungry for knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. “The Dynamic Child,” an all-day education event on Saturday, Feb. 19, will address that need.

This event, sponsored by Community Therapy Services, will take place at Kaneland High School in Maple Park and promises a fascinating line-up of speakers.

Chantal Sicile-Kira, international speaker and award-winning author, is the headliner. As the mother of a young man with autism, she has the perspective of both parent and professional. Her son, severely impacted by autism, recently graduated from high school and gave a commencement speech using voice output technology. She is author of four books on autism, including her latest, “41 Things to Know about Autism.” Sicile-Kira will present “Attaining the 10 Essential Abilities that Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn.”

Other featured speakers are Julie Gamradt, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison, and Julia Beck of The Red Kite Project, an education initiative of the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Gamradt will discuss augmentative/alternative communication and how it supports behavior regulation and language development for children with autism.

The Red Kite Project has been providing innovative programs for children with autism for the past several years, collaborating with schools, libraries and museums in Chicago. Beck will present activities and strategies that integrate theater work into the home and classroom to address communication needs, creativity and social awareness.

Early-bird rates for this event will be available through the end of January. In addition, families are welcome to contact The Arc of Illinois at (815) 464-1832 regarding financial assistance to attend this event.

For information or registration for “The Dynamic Child,” call Community Therapy Services at (630) 444-0077 or visit www.ctspediatrics.com.