Upcoming AIDE Canada Webinar: Navigating the Social Network Super Highway
Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adults on the autism spectrum, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout your community. We will discuss how to build networks across a variety of contexts including school, work, and recreation. The discussion will also identify strategies that can be used to support the growth of social connections across in-person situations as well as in the digital world.
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Presenter: Michael Barrett is a Registered Psychologist and a Doctoral Student in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the field of adolescent and adult mental health, and brings extensive knowledge in understanding stress, depression, anxiety, self- esteem, self-confidence, and transition planning to his role. As a member of The Sinneave Family Foundation team since 2012, he has been instrumental in the delivery of a number of key initiatives including Launch, PEERS®, Worktopia, and Beast-mode programs to support individuals on the autism spectrum. Using client-focused and strength-based approaches, Mike enjoys teaching social, relationship, and life skills to support clients in becoming more independent, self- sufficient, physically active, and gainfully employed.