Presentations by Dr. Robert Naseef:


As a psychologist and father of an adult child with autism, Robert Naseef presents a perspective on developing and maintaining an emotionally healthy family--no simple task when the family includes a child with special needs.  A sampling of presentations appears below.  To arrange a keynote, workshop, or training on your site contact . Numerous recommendations about his public speaking can be found on his LinkedIn page.



Autism in the Family: Getting the Big Picture

The challenges of autism can often make it next to impossible to keep the needs of your family in perspective.  The whole family can be immobilized by unrelenting stress. This presentation provides insight and coping strategies for parents and siblings. Listen to a public radio interview with Dan Gotlieb based upon Naseef's latest book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together.

Revisiting Masculinity: for Fathers of Children with Autism

Explores the unique perspective men bring to parenting a child with autism. As the father of an adult child with autism, Dr. Naseef provides compassion and understanding of the challenges for men and insight into building the father-child relationship. This presentation helps develop involvement and support for fathers and offers insight into the family impact.  Get a preview by listening to this interview.  

You can also view this presentation as a part of National Autism Network's webinar series: HERE

Being Present: The Family Journey to Acceptance and Resilience

Acceptance does not mean giving up.  It is not making war or peace with autism or other challenging conditions. It means doing our best as a family living day-by-day.  It also means taking care of everyone’s needs while finding the elusive balance - changing what we can and letting go of what we cannot.

Autism and Marriage: From Challenges to Coping Strategies

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This co-presentation with Dr. Cindy Ariel examines the different perspectives that men and women bring to parenting a child with autism or other special needs. It guides couples to listen and understand each other in new ways—and work together to strengthen their relationship.





Living along the Spectrum (Co-presented with Stephen Shore)

Robert and Stephen combine their insights to teach in a unique way. As two individuals whose lives have been deeply impacted by autism, they discuss the human costs and benefits of ASD. They cover topics such as sensory issues, social skills, anxiety, being "different," grief, siblings, empathy/compassion, as well as the cultural implications of ASD. Listen to an excerpt from their DVD with Dan Gottlieb.




Families of Children with Special Needs: Caring for Everyone's Needs

This presentation includes information and tools for developing and maintaining an emotionally healthy family. Topics include: coping with everyday life, the special needs of mothers and fathers, issues facing siblings, working together as a couple, reducing stress, and the meaning of acceptance

Issues Facing Siblings of Children with Disabilities

Parents often wonder how raising a child with autism affects their other children. Dr. Naseef helps parents explore their own sibling relationships to understand the impact of their child’s special needs on more “typical” brothers and sisters. Participants learn strategies for meeting all family members’ needs.  Watch a recent webinar from the National Autism Network with Dr. Naseef.




Building Partnerships: Children, Parents, Professionals

Strengthen the parent-professional relationship and work together more effectively. Drawing from personal and professional experience, Dr. Naseef guides professionals and parents in learning strategies to overcome emotional and developmental challenges both special children and parents may encounter.

Surfing the Stress and Keeping your Balance: When your child has autism

Stressed out? Dr. Naseef presents basic stress reduction techniques and explains the emotional impact that caring for a child with a disability has on the body. Parents will learn how to identify stressors, identify thoughts and feelings, understand options, and improve coping skills.

Understanding and Guiding Your Child's Behavior

Addresses the challenging behaviors that children with autism exhibit and shows how to guide them toward more socially appropriate ways of self-expression. Participants also explore practical behavioral approaches to common regulatory issues including eating, sleeping, and toilet-training. 

Presentations include keynotes, breakout sessions, half and full day workshops.  To discuss shaping a presentation for your needs, learning objectives, costs, and scheduling call Robert Naseef at 215-592-1333 or email