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Autism seminar to be held in Picayune

An Autism 101 workshop for self-advocates, family members and professionals will be held on July 11 in Picayune.

The event will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, located at 201 Norwood St., Picayune, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature speaker Stephanie Kreilow, Board member of Autism Society of Acadiana. Face masks will be available at the door.

The talk will focus on practical strategies and tips for overcoming the challenges that can come with autism and attendees are encouraged to bring questions.

The event is intended to facilitate the creation of a local support group or support system for parents and grandparents raising autistic children, said Fr. David Munn. The church is hosting the event because several families in the congregation have grandchildren with autism.

Many similar events happen on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, said Munn, but it is rare to have events locally, which can make it hard to build a support system for families. The event will hopefully get families together to exchange ideas and talk about challenges, said Munn.

A light lunch will be provided after the presentation. For more information call 337-303-7199.