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Understanding and Supporting Autistic and Neurodivergent Individuals through the Uniquely Human Lens

Barry Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP

July 8-12, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

This week of informational sessions and discussions will focus on understanding autism and related neurodivergent conditions through the lens of the Uniquely Human philosophy, as espoused in Dr. Barry Prizant's best-selling book, Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, his Uniquely Human Podcast and more than 50 years of "in the trenches" experiences. The first two days will begin with a deep dive into the Uniquely Human philosophy, practice principles, and their relationship to enhancing quality of life. Contrasts will be drawn between the Uniquely Human perspective and how the professional and lay community has traditionally viewed autism and neurodivergent conditions. Specific attention will be given to The SCERTS Model, the evidence-based framework for supporting neurodivergent individuals of all ages and abilities and their families developed by Dr. Prizant and his colleagues. The dramatic changes in both understanding the autistic experience and in educational and treatment practices, ignited by the neurodiversity revolution and fueled by research and scholarly work of Dr. Prizant and his colleagues, will be a focus of discussions. Days 3, 4, and 5 will take us on a journey from early diagnosis into the early and later school years and into adulthood, all through the Uniquely Human lens. Throughout the week, family experiences and perspectives, and those of autistic and neurodivergent individuals, many of whom have collaborated with Dr. Prizant, will be infused in all discussions through live and virtual participation and video. Participants joining in-person or live-online will come away energized by learning about the most effective and practical ways to support quality of life for individuals and families, informed by cutting-edge humanistic and evidence-based practices. While this course is primarily designed for educators, youth development workers, and mental health clinicians, all learners are welcome.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Barry Prizant receives royalties for his books, Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (Simon & Schuster, 2015;  2022) and The SCERTS Model Manuals (Brookes Publishers). He receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Rhode Island

  • Co-Producer and Co-Host of Uniquely Human: The Podcast

  • Editorial Advisory Board: Five professional journals

  • Advisory Boards: Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, Providence, RI; The Miracle Project, Los Angeles

Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, is recognized as among the world’s leading authorities on autism and neurodiversity, and as an innovator of respectful, person- and family-centered approaches for autistic individuals and those with other neurodevelopmental conditions. He is a certified speech-language pathologist, Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice, an Adjunct Professor of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island, and has fifty years of experience as a scholar, researcher, and international consultant. He has served as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Brown University Medical School and has held tenured Professor appointments at Emerson College and Southern Illinois University. Barry has published five books, more than 150 articles and chapters, and is a co-author of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach, now being implemented in more than a dozen countries.

Barry has been a two-time featured presenter (2013, 2017) at the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day in New York City and has given close to 1000 presentations in major universities, medical schools and in public and private schools across the US and in more than 30 countries. Over the past 25 years, Barry has co-developed and co-facilitates a retreat weekend for parents of autistic family members with his wife, Dr. Elaine Meyer of Harvard University in collaboration with Community Autism Resources, a parent-run family support agency. As a performing percussionist, he has a special interest on the positive impact of the musical, theatrical and visual arts for neurodivergent children and adults. He sits on the boards and participates creatively in two award-winning companies, The Miracle Project of Los Angeles and The Spectrum Theatre Ensemble of Providence, RI.

Barry’s recent book, Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (Simon & Schuster, 2015; 2022) has been the best-selling book on autism since 2015. The updated and expanded edition was published in April, 2022, along with an audiobook version narrated by Barry. It is now published in 25 languages, was selected as the featured book on autism and neurodiversity by the United Nations in 2017 and was ranked by Book Authority as #1 of the “100 best books on autism of all time”. Uniquely Human is based on Barry’s 50 years of learning from, supporting and collaborating with autistic individuals of all ages and their families, and conveys a deep respect for the qualities of people on the autism spectrum and other neurodivergent conditions, offering a compassionate and insightful perspective that has been called “life-changing” as well as “inspirational and uplifting”. Barry also co-produces and co-hosts a podcast, Uniquely Human: The Podcast ( with his friend, Dave Finch, an autistic audio engineer, New York Times best-selling author and a sought after consultant to television and film industries. More than 90 episodes are now listened to in 160 countries, with more than one million distinct downloads and an average Apple podcast rating of 4.9/5.0.

Barry’s career contributions have been recognized with the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (their highest recognition), by the Princeton University/Eden Foundation Career Award in Autism, by the Autism Society of America. He has received the Divine Neurotypical Award of GRASP (Global/Regional Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome Partnership) and an honorary degree from Brown University.

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