Let’s Talk About Poop

  • 12 Dec 2015
  • 12:30 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101, Pittsburgh, PA 15223
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Let’s Talk About Poop

 Presented by

Carolyn Glass

Jann Dolan

Kristen Ariel Glass


Saturday, December 12, 2015

12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  


Autism Connection of PA

35 Wilson Street #101

Pittsburgh, PA 15223


Continuing Education Credits Available:

Act 48, AOTA, and Social Workers


Carolyn Glass and her husband, Michael, have a large family (including two adult children with multiple disabilities and autism) and two grandchildren.  She is a teacher with 30 years of experience with a wide variety of children and adults.  A seasoned advocate for families of children with disabilities, Carolyn is the 2013 recipient of the Linda Dickerson Award for Excellence in Advocacy, awarded by the nonprofit organization Working Women with Disabilities.  She was a founder and original board member of an inclusive indoor play center and parent/professional resource center, and she developed and coordinated an inclusive mentoring program in a Pittsburgh Public School in partnership with the Duquesne University School of Education.  She is a co-creator of the Dreams Unlocked Initiative, which is developing a model for meaningful inclusion of adults with complex disabilities in their communities.  Through her organization KSC Connect, Carolyn works closely with Dr. James MacDonald of the Communicating Partners Center to help families of children with communication challenges and delays around the globe.  She has developed and presented workshops and trainings for schools and community groups in several states, focusing on issues of diversity, disability, inclusion, communication, and non-violent conflict resolution. 

Jann Dolan is a recently retired school psychologist and professional supervisor from Ohio who has done individual and small-group counseling with students, parents, families and professional staff both in school settings and in private practice.  She has developed intervention plans and served as a liaison between staff and school board to develop goals and strategic plans and to evaluate company operations.  She helped to create an Intervention Assistance Team to evaluate at-risk students more effectively, and she served as chair of the PSI Crisis Intervention Team.  With all her professional experience and as the author and presenter of countless workshops and seminars, Jann won the Excellence in Leadership Award for two consecutive years.

Kristen Ariel Glass earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed Social Worker with certification in Children Youth and Families.  She has spent her career giving back to her community through volunteer work at several nonprofit organizations. Kristen has worked with a wide variety of populations, including people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and inner city youth.  As a sister of two siblings with profound disabilities, she has spent her life around people with challenges.  She has extended experience providing crisis intervention and strengths-based therapeutic services to families.

Program Description
You want to talk about what??? In “polite society,” we don’t talk about such things.  Most families manage to get through their child-rearing years without poop being a major topic of conversation, except, perhaps, during potty-training.  But for many parents of children with disabilities, delays, or mental health challenges, our lives revolve around bodily functions, sometimes well beyond the “typical” diaper years.  We continue to change diapers, deal with various bodily excretions; hook our children up to tubes with fluids going in or out of their bodies, and more.  The older and bigger our children get, the more problematic these issues may become, especially when taking our children out in public.  For many families, dealing with poop and other bodily excretions goes well beyond diapering, moving into the mental health realm of “body painting” or other behaviors, which can have profound effects on a family.  Families dealing with poop issues of any kind can feel exasperated, exhausted, trapped, physically and emotionally isolated, or feel they have no place to turn or no one who truly understands…  Whoever you are, you are not alone!  This workshop will provide a safe place to talk about poop with people who truly understand and will provide practical strategies, coping skills, and resources for people dealing with these issues.  This practical and interactive workshop for family members and professionals is for you if you can answer yes to any of the following:

  • You have a child or family member who has any issues with poop or other bodily excretions 
  • Your child is still in diapers or not totally continent beyond the typical diapering years
  • You need some comic relief
  • Your life revolves around poop
  • Your child or family member smears feces or other bodily excretions
  • Your child or family member has other bodily function issues that are embarrassing or problematic
  • You are a caregiver of an elderly family member with incontinence
  • You would like to learn new strategies to cope with poop issues
  • You have some helpful strategies you’d like to share with others
  • You want to help professionals learn how to best support families with these issues
  • You need a safe place to talk about these issues with other people who understand
  • You are a professional and want to learn how best to support families
  •  You want to hear about some of the psychology behind poop issues
  •  You want to learn coping and stress-relieving strategies to get through your sh….

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will:

  • Discuss the difficulties involved in caring for a loved one with poop issues
  • Identify some of the root causes of poop issues
  • Identify possible triggers for your particular child or family member
  • Create coping strategies
  • Create a specific action plan to prepare for/follow up after episodes
  • Create a plan for self-care
  • Support clients who are dealing with poop issues

ABOARD's Autism Connection of PA    35 Wilson Street     Pittsburgh, PA 15223     (412) 781-4116         The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certifies that the Advisory Board On Autism and Related Disorders is registered as a charitable organization with the Department of State's Bureau of Charitable Organizations under the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Acts, 10 P.S. Section 161.2 et seq., and is authorized to solicit charitable contributions under the conditions and limitations set forth under the Act. The certification does not imply endorsement by the Commonwealth. 
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