Autism Seminar & Discussion Series on May 7: “Raising Good Kids (While Being a Good Enough Parent)”

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) series – sponsored by UC Santa Barbara’s Koegel Autism Center and the Santa Barbara Public Library – will host its monthly lecture and Q&A on Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30-8 pm. The talk, given by Dr. Ty Vernon, director of the Center, is titled “Raising Good Kids (While Being a Good Enough Parent).” This free, public presentation, which will be held at the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery, focuses on the wild ride we call parenting.

This presentation will cover the topics of intentional parenting, consistency versus flexibility, limit setting, emotional awareness, positive discipline, effective communication, self-care, and unconditional love. This presentation is geared for parents of children with and without autism and other special needs. While Dr. Vernon doesn't pretend to be an expert parent (as if such a person exists!), he hopes to lead a discussion on effective parenting strategies drawn from the latest child development research.

Dr. Ty Vernon is a licensed psychologist, the director of UCSB’s autism center, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UC Santa Barbara, and the father of three young children (with another on the way!). His research focuses on social development and motivation in youth with and without autism. Vernon is also an alumni of the Gevirtz School's Department of Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology.

The monthly Autism Seminar & Discussion (ASD) Program is made possible through collaboration between UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center and the Santa Barbara Library to bring highly engaging and informative content to the local community. It takes place the first Tuesday of each month during the academic school year. The Santa Barbara Public Library is at 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.

[Ty Vernon is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]