Dr. Rolanda Maxim Gott will discuss resources that are available to parents of children with autism at Exploring the Spectrum.
Parents can gather autism resources at United Services’ free Exploring the Spectrum event Saturday, April 2, at the Spencer Road Branch of St. Charles City-County Library in St. Peters. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
The event will include presentations by Dr. Rolanda Maxim Gott, director of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Division of Developmental Pediatrics, and Bobbi Sheahan, author of, “What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism.” Dr. Maxim Gott is board-certified in Developmental Pediatrics. Her areas of interest include autism spectrum disorder, childhood television viewing habits, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the impact of the introduction of toys on child development. Dr. Maxim Gott will discuss Autism Speaks tool kits.
Sheahan discovered one of her children was on the autism spectrum, then came to understand that she and her husband were on or “adjacent” to the spectrum, as were several of their family members. Sheahan is a columnist for Sensory Focus Magazine, an advisory board member for Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine and has contributed to several other books.
Visitors will have an opportunity to gather resources during two breakout periods, which will explore behavior, feeding and communication; and how to access autism-related resources in the community. Representatives from autism service providers, advocates and healthcare organizations will be on hand as well.
United Services for Children is a nonprofit pediatric therapy and developmental learning center located in St. Peters that is dedicated to preparing children of all abilities to reach their full potential.
The Spencer Road Branch of St. Charles City-County Library is located at 427 Spencer Rd., St. Peters, MO, 63376.