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2-Hour Workshop

Seminar: Autism and happiness: from neurodiversity to neuroharmony

Accepting neurodiversity is fine, but it emphasizes the differences between people. While it is a big step towards more acceptance of autism as one of the many ways a brain can operate, it is only the first step in our commitment to a better world and more well-being for people with autism. We should also focus on what connects people with autism with the rest of the human species: the pursuit of happiness. Happiness has received little attention in the field of autism spectrum disorders. Outcome and effect studies, for instance, rarely take emotional well-being as a desired outcome. And when the focus is on well-being, it is often from a negative perspective, namely the lack of well-being and quality of life in autism. It is time to take a U-turn in our approach and change from an exclusive focus on what makes autism so different and from a negative, clinical and medical approach of happiness in people with autism towards a shared and positive focus (we all want to be happy). In other words: let’s move from neurodiversity to neuroharmony.

Dates:08 Sep 2021 (Wed)
Time:2.30pm - 5.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Peter Vermeulen, PhD

MSc and PhD in Psychology and Educational Sciences. Worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years. Founder of “Autism in Context”, where autism is understood in context. Senior lecturer at Autisme Centraal, a training and education centre for autism spectrum disorders. Peter is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer and he presents all over Europe and beyond. Peter wrote more than 15 books and several articles on autism. For his +30 years of work in the field of autism, he received in 2019 a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Course Outline

In the presentation we will explore how we can increase the well-being of autistic people. We will talk about promoting positive feelings but also about life satisfaction and contentment as main sources of emotional well-being. And we will illustrate this with the story of Thijs, a boy we diagnosed back in the eighties and now a happy adult. His story will show how we can move from neurodiversity to neuroharmony, an inclusive world where autistic and non-autistic people are living in harmony. Training will cover :

  • Measuring outcomes in autism: objective and subjective criteria
  • What is happiness? A pleasant life and a good life.
  • How can we increase the well-being of autistic people
  • Assessing well-being in autism
  • Promoting positive feelings in autism
  • Promoting life satisfaction and contentment in autism
  • What is neuroharmony
Course Objectives

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Redefine the preferred outcomes in autism towards more well-being and Quality of Life.
  2. Assess well-being in autism.
  3. Set up strategies that increase the well-being and life satisfaction of people on the autism spectrum
  4. Define the concepts of neurodiversity and neuroharmony
Who Can Benefit?

This course is suitable for anyone working or living with children or adults on the autism spectrum. It will be of interest to parents, teachers / educators, teaching assistants / aids, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax
15 Jun 2021 200
Normal Till Full 230