Autism and Good Friendship: Fostering Healthy Neurodiverse Relationships

Autism and Good Friendship: Fostering Healthy Neurodiverse Relationships

10jan12:00 pm12:45 pmAutism and Good Friendship: Fostering Healthy Neurodiverse Relationships12:00 pm - 12:45 pm(GMT-06:00)

Event Details

Description: Because we know peer acceptance is a contributing factor to positive outcomes in adulthood, it’s important to foster that in primary (K-8th grade) school. Especially for children with different brain wiring (“neurodivergent”), peer acceptance begins with intentional, specific education. Causing peers to “feel” what life might be like for their neurodivergent classmate, teammate, or community organization member builds empathy and naturally supportive responses.

Presenter: Chelsea Budde, [email protected]

Chelsea Budde is the Program Director and Co-founder of Good Friend, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Waukesha County, Wis., devoted to autism awareness, acceptance, and empathy. Her work inspiration comes from her two neurodivergent young adult children, whose journey has taught not only Chelsea, but also more than 60,000 Good Friend program participants how to better understand autistic neurology. In addition to being a trainer, she’s also a writer, guest lecturer, and conference presenter. While her bachelor’s degree comes from St. Norbert College, her continuing education over the last 16 years with Good Friend has yielded the most valuable lessons.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn strategies for fostering neurodiverse friendships across environments.
  2. Frame peer education as social emotional learning that prevents bullying and disability harassment.


(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm(GMT-06:00)

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