Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness: A conference by Dragonfly Forest

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Date(s) - 05/17/2014 - 08/16/2018
10:00 am - 12:18 am

Stetson Middle School


Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness: A conference by Dragonfly Forest

May 17th, 2014

Stetson Middle School- West Chester PA

10am-2:30pm, $35-$50

This conference is intended for people with autism, families, and professionals

Our world is not an easy place to have autism. It can be frustrating and stressful to communicate differently and think differently than other people. The current ‘best practices’ are all based on people without autism ‘intervening’ in the lives of people on the spectrum. This model seems to be too tightly focused on ‘self-improvement’ and not focused enough on confidence and self-esteem. These days, there are many more adults with autism who are willing to speak about their experiences, and our community should listen to this direct source of information.

Happiness matters. Research shows that people who are happy are more productive, more available for learning, and more relaxed. Happy people are more resilient to the inevitable sorrows that come to most humans. We believe people can practice happiness. Come join us and hear how we can help more people with autism be happier.


Adults with Autism discussing happiness in their lives

Sylvia van Meeten, Creator of the Dragonfly Forest Summer Autism Camp Program

Other Speakers to be announced



Our Sibling Workshop is facilitated by our amazing staff. Siblings will often have the most extended relationship with a person with autism, and they rarely get the support they need. There are some intense feelings that go along with loving a sibling with special needs, and it isn’t easy to express those feelings. At our sibling workshop, kids will get to interact with others who are in similar situations–we play games and have fun, and we also do structured activities to address potentially complicated feelings. We hope that siblings will come away from this session feeling like other kids and adults can relate to their unique situation at home.


Meghan Kelly

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