"Increasing autism quality of life: experts at maximizing social, emotional, and vocational independence."
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Nancy has helped many parents and professionals discover creative new ways to connect with children on the spectrum using The Connection Formula®. She founded The Friendship Network to share this approach with a wider audience so that many more may benefit. She has a passion for working with children, teens, and young adults on the spectrum and considers herself a life-long learner. "As someone with a background in social work and vocational rehabilitation counseling I have learned to try and see life from another's perspective. A goal I can never fully achieve, but it's a journey that's well worth the effort."
Nancy is author of The Connection Formula: How to Autism-ize Your Thinking and Beome Your Child's Lifeline.
"All children need to feel safe and understood."
The Friendship Network for Children
The Friendship Network for Children, Inc. is an ambitious mental health non-profit that provides counseling, groups and vocational training for children, teens, and young adults with Autism. Incorporated in the summer of 2004, it was founded by Nancy Swanberg, M.S., a licensed mental health counselor and rehabilitation counselor with extensive experience in public and private schools, mental health agencies, and private practice.
The Friendship Network is not your typical treatment facility for individuals with autism. Its approach is particularly rare because it strives to see life from the child's point of view rather than trying to "fix" them. The goal is to accept children for who they are while providing services to improve their well-being using the Connection Formula® and a developmental therapy perspective. These approaches evolved over Nancy's 25 year career working with individuals who have neurological differences and are often misunderstood such as Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, and PDD.