Join us for our Autism Awareness Month Event - Living in AWE - April 17 at 7 pm
"Living in Awe" Autism Awareness Month Event (April 17) and New Podcast Shine Light on Success with Autism
Dr. Lynette Scotese-Wojtila has spent a lifetime uncovering the “AWEsome” in kids with autism and unlocking their true potential with her treatment model, The S.U.C.C.E.S.S ApproachSM. April is Autism Awareness Month, and to celebrate, she hopes to share hope and real stories of people living successful lives with an autism diagnosis.
“As a lifelong autism professional, I have a message for people and their families living with autism: ‘Expect Success’,” she says.
Through the launching of a new podcast, called “Connect with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.” which focuses on living successfully with autism, as well as a live virtual event, called “Living in Awe,” on April 17, Dr. Scotese-Wojtila and Dr. Richard Smith will share meaningful information about childhood development particularly useful to families raising children with autism. This includes some of the game-changing methods and strategies that for a quarter-of-a-century have been empowering parents to directly impact their child’s progress, resulting in rapid gains for kids, and true hope for families.
“Our goal is to help best-serve people with autism and to support their families, caregivers, and professional team to do the same,” says Dr. Scotese-Wojtila, an occupational therapist who has been assessing and treating individuals with autism for 25 years at Integrations Treatment Center in Wickliffe, Ohio. “When faced with a diagnosis of autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder, we want to change people’s expectations of what the future holds.”
Two initiatives are in the works to achieve these goals:
First, the “Connect with Success” podcast, which launched in March, introduces listeners to an intervention model for autism called The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ApproachSM, a model designed to help the world properly understand, respond to, and serve those on the autism spectrum who need support.
During bi-weekly podcast episodes, the dynamic co-hosts will discuss how to build a transdisciplinary care team, how to observe learning readiness in a child with autism, what “sense-making” is and how it works in autism, and many more useful topics. Guests on the podcast will include therapists, professors, individuals on the spectrum, and parents of children with autism whose lives have been changed by this model.
Episode one defines The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ApproachSM and how families and caregivers can build an effective team for their loved ones. New episodes will be released every two weeks. The podcast can be accessed for free at www.thesuccessapproach.org/autism-podcast.
Second, in celebration of Autism Awareness Month, on April 17, 2021 at 7 pm during a virtual Facebook Live event, Dr. Scotese-Wojtila, panelists and guests will share success stories of “Living in Awe.” The virtual, curated event will feature special guest cameos, first hand account stories of how Dr. Scotese-Wojtila’s lifetime labor of love is changing lives, as well as resources for individuals with autism and their families and caregivers. The April 17 event can be accessed on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/thesuccessapproachforautism.
Event Highlights (as of March 29, 2021)
The event will be emceed by Dawn Kendrick of The Good Stuff:
-Introduction of The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ApproachSM and its impact on the Autism Community
-Champions of Autism
-Panel Discussion: Filmmakers/Musicians Impact on the Autism Community
-Panel Discussion: The Art of Collaboration in Autism.
Dr. Richard Smith, the Director of Technology & Innovation at Lake Catholic High School, has been using his technology expertise to create audio visual materials, including this podcast and April 17 event, to help spread awareness about the highly-specialized work being done at Integrations Treatment Center, and the new research coming out on their model.
“Today, people learn in many different ways for many different reasons. I am so happy to partner with Dr. Scotese-Wojtila to bring this amazing approach into the 21st century so that anyone can learn about this authentic and holistic approach for intervention. If you want to learn about The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ApproachSM online we have you covered through our new self-paced course. If you have time to dive into what it’s about generally, the podcast is for you. We are looking forward to this journey with you,” says Dr. Smith.
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ApproachSM is a diverse, state-of-the-art intervention model used to assess, treat, and teach individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental diagnoses. Dr. Scotese-Wojtila coined the transdisciplinary treatment model for autism in 1998 and completed the world’s first research study on its effectiveness in children with autism in 2019.
Dr. Lynette Scotese-Wojtila is an occupational therapist and certified autism specialist, with a certification in Sensory Integration. For three decades she has assessed, treated, and educated individuals with autism across the lifespan. She is the owner of Integrations Treatment Center (ITC), a treatment center and day treatment program for individuals with autism. Dr. Lynette Scotese-Wojtila offers resources for people caring for an individual with autism, including an online training resource. She shares “best practice" information via digital resources, speaks at national conferences and training engagements, and contributes to research publications. Information about the online training course can be found here: https://www.thesuccessapproach.org/online-course.