Life after High School: What’s possible? What’s practical?
November 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Graduating from high school is a major milestone and an opportunity for young people and their parents to celebrate this achievement. For some families it can also be a scary time, as thoughts turn to “what’s next?” Many young adults want to get a job after high school or pursue further education and training – but some individuals are simply not ready yet. Going to college or getting a job can be a big step at 18, especially if adolescents don’t have all the skills yet to be successful. What options are available to keep emerging adults on the autism spectrum socially and intellectually engaged while they are preparing for the next step in the journey to adulthood (continued education, employment and independent living)?
Dr. Katelyn Lowe is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Sinneave Family Foundation and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary. Dr. Lowe is also a Registered Psychologist specializing in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and mental health issues. Her extensive clinical and research experience gives her a unique perspective on the complexity of planning for adulthood, including the difficulties individuals with autism can encounter in education, employment and social engagement. In addition to her training in Developmental Psychology, she is certified to provide a wide variety of evidence-based interventions for children and adults, including PEERS®, HeartMath®, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.