Bright & Quirky Child Summit

Help bright kids thrive, even with learning, social and/or emotional challenges

Session 4: Demystifying the Path of 2e Autism

Monica Osgood

Getting an autism diagnosis for a child can be an emotional and confusing process with lots of questions. How do I best support my child's individual differences? What should I tell them about their diagnosis? What are the most helpful interventions? Join Debbie and Monica Osgood for an enlightening conversation about key factors for developmental progress, including the importance of positive relationships and a "presume competence" mindset. Learn the difference between ABA and DIR (Developmental Individual Relationship-based) Model, and the role emotions, passions, and relationships play in DIR. Monica and Debbie also discuss the best way to assess for autism and where to seek diagnosis.

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  1. Gloria Gallardo-Walker on March 18, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks Monica for reminding us to embrace our children and keep bringing out the joy versus hyperfocus on interventions and fixing them. They are who they are and they just need to be embraced for who they are. I love this positive message of yours.

  2. Fiona on March 16, 2020 at 4:56 am

    What’s the Perfectum website address please. I’d love to access the resources and online training Monica mentioned to get a better understanding of my child’s indiv differences , Thanks

  3. Kate Bailey on March 15, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    DIR has enhanced my therapy and how I support parents. Respect, warmth, connection!!
    Understanding the uniqueness of each child and honouring their individual differences is so valuable in shaping our relating and supporting development.
    Thank you Monica for articulating this so beautifully.

  4. Catherine Hunt on March 15, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Thank you both for doing this talk because it was really interesting and enlightening as I’m sure my son is a 2e Autistic, because he is incredibly bright but due to the autism doesn’t have the capability to explain things that interest him as one would expect him to be able to – which makes things very hard as you can imagine.

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