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November meeting focuses on young children and artistic talent

posted Oct 16, 2010, 1:46 PM by Christine Guth   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 4:10 PM ]
Young children and artistic talent are the two concurrent topics of the next meeting of the Asperger/High Functioning Autism Parent Group of Goshen.  The meeting will be Monday, November 1, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m. at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, 602 South Eighth Street, Goshen. It is free and open to the public. The group's lending library of books and videos is available beginning at 6:45 p.m. Contact Christine Guth or Kaylene Ediger. Attenders may choose one of two sessions.

Colleen Spano will present "Guiding Behavior and Developing Social/Emotional Competency in Young Children on the Autism Spectrum." Spano is Inclusion Specialist for Community Coordinated Child Care Inc., in South Bend, where she helps daycare providers understand the needs of preschool children with disabilities, including autism. She is the parent of a child on the autism spectrum.

In a concurrent session, Nanne Barkdull will present "An Artist's Voice from the Autism Spectrum."  Barkdull is an artist and member of Autistic Self Advocacy Network who lives in South Bend. She grew up in the 1960s without the benefit of an autism spectrum diagnosis. She will tell how she borrowed from art and literature to find language for her "weird ways of experiencing the world," and share from her unique perspective about  being female in a world that tends to understand ASD in predominantly male terms. Her son Max Barkdull (a student at Goshen College) and long-time friend Clair Donohue Roof will contribute their perspectives on Nanne's journey of recognition and her development as an artist.

At left is a sample of Nanne's work from her website, www.nannebarkdull.com.