Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What It Was Like To Have Autism as a Young Child

Monday March 14
6:00-8:00 at the Walton High School

Presented by Polly Emmons, MS Ed, and Dylan Emmons, student at Ithaca College and person with Asperger’s Syndrome

Polly Emmons has an MS Ed in Elementary Education with certification in both general and special education, currently a secondary special education teacher and mother of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, and co-author of the book “Understanding Sensory Dysfunction” (Jessica Kingsley, 2005). Her son, Dylan, is a writing major at Ithaca College. Dylan hopes to educate and inform others of his life experiences and perspective of one living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dylan is now capable of articulating many of the social/sensory frustrations he experienced as a child. He and his mother will talk about specific challenges and obstacles that were presented and how these challenges and their “solutions” affected Dylan, then and now. This presentation will resonate with anyone who is parenting or has parented a child with Asperger’s Syndrome.