E. Jen Slaton: Improving Parental Awareness of Children with Autism | Raising Parents #22

In this episode, host Dina Sargeant was joined by E. Jen Slaton, a neuro-affirming psychotherapist and coach for neurodiverse children, adults, and families specializing in autism

Raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can present challenges. Nevertheless, with the right approach, it can also be a fulfilling experience. 

Meet E. Jen Slaton

Jen Slaton is a highly experienced psychotherapist and coach specializing in autism. Jen has over 20 years of experience working with neurodiverse children, adults, and families. She offers diagnostic services and runs support groups specifically for late-identified autistic women.

Jen takes a neuro-affirming and humanistic approach to her work, prioritizing mental health and helping individuals embrace their unique neurodiversity.

About the episode

In this episode hosted by Dina Sargeant, E. Jen Slaton discussed the symptoms and traits of children with autism, emphasizing the importance of understanding their unique wiring. 

Jen highlighted the need for parents to develop effective strategies tailored to their child’s needs rather than relying on media representations of autism. She recommended resources such as the book “The Reason I Jump” to gain insight into the autistic perspective.

Additionally, Jen discussed the importance of person-first language and the evolving understanding of autism as a neurological difference rather than a disorder.

Lastly, Jen delved into the concept of “masking,” emphasized the importance of selecting therapy programs tailored to children with autism, and highlighted the significance of fostering inclusive environments.

In conclusion

Understanding and empowering parents of children with autism is essential in supporting children’s development. By dispelling misconceptions, promoting inclusivity, and validating children with autism, you can pave the way for their emotional, social, and cognitive growth. 

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