Promoting positive development and fostering healthy family relationships across the life course

In the News and the Community

Goodwill Workshop: October 13, 2017

Understanding Behaviors and Environment
Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin Supported Employment In-Service Training


4-H Workshop: June 28, 2017

Families of Children with Disabilities
Greta Goetz and Iulia Mihaila

Families of children with disabilities are like other families in so many ways! Like all families, they experience joys and challenges. However, families of children with disabilities also face some unique experiences. Have you ever wanted to know more about how a developmental disability (like autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, etc.) impacts a family? Are you interested in learning about careers that support families of children with disabilities? Participate in a discussion with two graduate students in the Human Development and Family Studies department and learn how you can contribute to an inclusive and supportive environment for families of children with disabilities, through both clinical practice and research. Additionally, engage in a role-play activity and learn how autism behavioral therapists teach new skills to young children with autism every day.

4-H is a statewide program that seeks to engage 7-10th graders in a university environment, to introduce them to a wide array of topics, and to initiate thinking about college.

Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism, January 21, 2017

Insights from Families of Children with Autism

Sigan Hartley, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

We will discuss lessons learned from the past three years of our ongoing research study that involves 175 families with a child with ASD (aged 5-12 years old) in Wisconsin. The overall goal of the study is to understand the resources and processes that foster positive development and family dynamics. We will share what we have learned from the families related to their parenting experiences, couple relationships, and mechanisms linked to variability across families and from one day to the next.