For the second consecutive year, Lake Erie College Associate Professor of Special Education Dr. Katie Krammer will present on a panel at the Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference presented by Milestones Autism Resources. Dr. Krammer is an expert in the field of special education and is herself the mother of a child with autism.
Under the theme of “Life-Long Strategies for Success,” the conference will take place from June 16-17 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. This unique conference curates a wide range of evidence-based talks covering topics relevant to all ages and ability levels.
Krammer’s panel, titled “E-2 Straight from the Source: Panel of Moms,” will take place Friday, June 17 from 9:45-11:00 a.m. The panelists will address common concerns and issues faced by mothers of children and adults on the autism spectrum as well as personal stories of how they have overcome challenges and helped their children attain their goals relating to education, communication, socialization, vocations and personal objectives.
For Krammer, her personal journey with autism began on November 18, 2013 when she and her husband, Ed, received the diagnosis that their 3-year-old son, Trey, had autism. Given her expertise in special education, Krammer was better equipped to deal with this news than most parents.
“People often talk about how parents, when they learn their child has a disability, go through the cycle of grief, similar to that of when someone dies because you are in part mourning the child and life you thought you would have,” she said. “Given my background, I was able to skip over the denial and anger stages. I won’t say that I didn’t spend a little time in the depression state, because I did, and I definitely go back to it from time to time on hard days. But luckily, I was able to move fairly quickly to the stage of acceptance.”
Once Krammer had accepted Trey’s diagnosis, she committed herself to connecting with and supporting other parents who were going through the same experience, ultimately launching the Lake/Geauga Autism Support Group. The group has become a tremendous source of support for Krammer and her family, has created friendships for herself and her son, and has greatly helped the family as they continue on their journey in the world of autism.Back To News