Autism – Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning and Challenging Behaviors (2 day)

Working with individuals who have autism can be a very meaningful experience, but it is not without its challenges. With recent reports indicating that an increasing number of individuals are on the autism spectrum, a greater number of care providers are encountering individuals with autism as part of their work and life. While every person with autism is unique, many face similar challenges. The primary focus of this workshop is to provide practical strategies for working with high need individuals around self-regulation, learning practices and challenging behaviors. Participants will review a behavioral framework to provide effective strategies for each of these areas, which they will be able to adapt to their own specific environment and context.

Please note: This workshop is not providing training for clinical therapy - the aim of the workshop is to provide practical strategies for a wide range of helpers who support high need individuals with autism.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

Day 1

  • Definitions and Overview
  • Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Levels of Functioning
  • Hypo vs. Hyper Sensitivity
  • Keys to Effective Interactions
  • Different Approaches: Behavioral, Sensorimotor, Developmental
  • Determining the Function of Behavior
  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviors
  • Case Study Reviews

Day 2

  • Anxiety and Autism
  • Teaching Emotional Awareness and Self-Regulation
  • Self-Regulation Strategies: Breathing, Mental Focus, Body Awareness
  • Making Abstract Ideas Concrete
  • Best Practices and Strategies for Learning
  • Choosing Effective Learning Goals
  • Breaking Down the Task
  • Strategies for Success
  • Setting Objective Criteria
  • Planning for Your Context
  • Case Study Reviews

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, case study exercises and small group discussions

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counselors, parents and anyone seeking a better understanding of autism.