Presentation Title

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Teens: Responding to Bullying, Depression and Suicidal Ideation

Brief Biography

Stephanie C. Holmes is a Certified Autism Specialist and Professional Counselor with the Board of Examiners for GA Christian Counselors and Therapists and was formerly an LPC in NC. She is a Board Certified Christian Counselor and speaker with the American Association of Christian Counselor's International Board of Christian Counseling. Stephanie's career path changed when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's in 2004. She changed her focus to the world of IEPs and 504s as well as helping families deal with their frustrations and challenges having a special needs child. She practices counseling at Dunwoody United Methodist Counseling Center.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

MA Counseling

Certified Autism Specialist

Presentation Abstract

Why do want to spend a seminar on issues such as Aspie/Spectrum teens and the challenges they face, isn’t adolescence hard for everyone? What makes adolescence with a person on the spectrum different or harder? This seminar will cover transitional periods that are difficult for Spectrum Teens as well as look at challenges of clinical depression, anxiety, bullying, and issues of self -esteem. As a mom of someone on the spectrum, a professional counselor, and certified autism specialist, I am passionate about this topic because I am very alarmed at the rate of suicide on the rise in the Spectrum teen population. I have had the opportunity to explore this topic with Dr. Tony Attwood in an interview that will be published this fall in Autism/Asperger Digest.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Teens: Responding to Bullying, Depression and Suicidal Ideation

Why do want to spend a seminar on issues such as Aspie/Spectrum teens and the challenges they face, isn’t adolescence hard for everyone? What makes adolescence with a person on the spectrum different or harder? This seminar will cover transitional periods that are difficult for Spectrum Teens as well as look at challenges of clinical depression, anxiety, bullying, and issues of self -esteem. As a mom of someone on the spectrum, a professional counselor, and certified autism specialist, I am passionate about this topic because I am very alarmed at the rate of suicide on the rise in the Spectrum teen population. I have had the opportunity to explore this topic with Dr. Tony Attwood in an interview that will be published this fall in Autism/Asperger Digest.