After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Frostburg State University, Christopher Wedding began his career in the mental health field working at a half-way house for youth with developmental disabilities and co-morbid addiction issues in Maryland. Chris interacted with the individuals on a social basis, while also counseling them regarding everyday life problems. After two years, Chris moved on to become a Residential Advisor for the Maryland center of a national postsecondary program for students with disabilities. In this role, he helped students work through everyday life problems, and coached them on how to deal with roommate disagreements. He also taught such things as public transportation use, everyday living skills, and problem-solving strategies.
Chris is currently working as a Supported Employment Manager for autistic adults. He helps adults with autism find jobs in the community, and trains the staff on individual behavior issues. He lives in Frederick, Maryland and hopes to continue to advance in the field of mental health working with individuals with ASD.
With April being Autism Awareness Month, everyone is getting into the spirit of helping out when it come to this cause.
As we get older, one of the major decisions that we have to make is when to retire. For some people, their employer makes that decision for them with a “forced retirement.”
When it comes to being a Supported Employment Manager, it is just as important to listen to the individuals as the staff for problems with the jobsite.
There are many different scenarios in working as a Supported Employment Manager with adults with autism.
It is that time of year again, when families get together for holidays and people start Christmas shopping.
The biggest part of my job is knowing all the individuals on my caseload and what they are capable of doing.
As my journey through adulthood continues, I am constantly becoming aware of new and unfamiliar responsibilities as they present themselves.
On a trip to Arizona three years ago, my son Mickey asked to visit the airport gift shop. He rummaged through a display of stuffed animals.
Since I wrote of Cameron’s postsecondary funding dilemma last week, not much progress has been made.
Over the last year or so I’ve talked to parents who have children that have been newly diagnosed with ASD.
Whenever I share stories of my family's experience with Willie's aggressive and self-injurious behavior, I'm always concerned that the accounts will seem over the top to some ...
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