Making Sense of Autism

Finally! Making Sense of Autism:
A unique series of conferences presented by

Occupational Therapist
Rehabilitation Counselor

Two clinicians, one with Asperger's Syndrome and one autistic:

    • Sharing insightful and inovative strategies that have made a difference to them and to their autistic clients.
    • Offering both personal and professional perspectives for enhancing understanding and inclusiveness betweeen autistic people and those who live and work with them.


in cooperation with Syracuse University's Center for Human Policy, Law and Disabilities
presents a workshop just for professionals on

"Effective Therapeutic Strategies for Working with Autistic Clients"

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Meet the Speakers!

Jim Sinclair, an autistic person, has a B.A. in Psychology and graduate education in Developmental and Child Psychology and in Rehabilitation Counseling. Jim has worked professionally with autistic children, adolescents, and adults, and has provided training seminars for teachers and therapists of autistic children. Jim also has extensive experience in autistic self-advocacy, having pioneered the use of service dogs for autistic people in the late 1980's; co-founded Autism Network International in 1992 and been its coordinator since that time; and produced Autreat, the first annual gathering of its kind designed by and for autistic people, since 1996. Jim's writings have been widely reprinted and translated into many languages. He's a popular and dynamic speaker at autism conferences nationally and internationally.

Susan (Sue) Golubock, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome as an adult, has worked over 30 years as an occupational therapist with school age children and adolescents in the area of sensory integration. An innovative thinker, Susan became a primary leader in the development of an educationally relevant model of service delivery for O.T.s and P.T.s. Susan instructed OT students in school-based practice at Shenandoah University in Virginia from 1995-1997, after having earned her Master's Degree in Special Education Assistive Technology at George Mason University. Susan later contributed (along with her fellow OTs) to the development of a pre-referral "Helping Hands" source book for educators. In 2002, Susan became the OT coordinator at the Mesa site for The Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies . CCNS is a private clinic/school, founded by Lorna Jean King, which focuses on sensory integration, primarily with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Susan is actively involved in a local asperger's support group as well as the Autreat planning committee. She has been a regular presenter over the past 4 years at the Autreat conference/retreat. Susan recently contributed some of her poems and writings to the book Women From Another Planet?: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism". In cooperation with CCNS, and as co-founder with Jim of Making Sense of Autism, Susan has initiated workshops in the Phoenix area on sensory integration and autism. Susan has taught a course on sensory integration at Arizona State University, and is currently providing private therapy to young autistic children through Baio Enterprises, Inc. In 2006, Susan will be teaming with Marti Baio, a speech pathologist, to provide workshops on Sensory Integration and Play as the Foundations for Social and Language Development, as well as starting a group for young autistic adults.

What Our Programs Offer

As adults on the autism spectrum, both Susan and Jim have lifelong first-hand experience of autism. Between them, they have developed a wealth of insights and practical strategies for use in their own lives. Both are actively involved in a community of autistic peers who support and learn from each other. And both are trained clinicians who have extensive professional experiences working with autistic clients. This combination of personal, cultural, and professional background brings a unique perspective to their workshops:

    • Insights into autistic processing styles to aid in understanding autistic people
    • Strategies that are practical, built on autistic strengths and really work
    • Approaches that work with (rather than against) autistic people's needs to foster natural communication and life skills development.

    Schedule Today!

    • One or both speakers, each with their own professional expertise and personal insights
    • Evening, half-day, full-day, weekday, weekend or multiple-day sessions
    • Workshops tailored to your group's special interests and needs
    • In-service training and consultations to meet specific setting or individual needs
    • Certificates of Attendance provided for continuing education credit

    Who Should Attend?

    • Autistic people wanting to learn more about themselves, or about getting along with non-autistic people
    • Parents, sibling, spouses, other family members
    • Friends and neighbors
    • Service Providers
    • Educators, assistants, support staff, and administrators
    • Clinicians
    • Community workers
    • Employers and co-workers
    • Anyone interested in understanding autism and creating inclusive communities

Available Conferences/Workshops
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If you are interested in scheduling a Making Sense of Autism Workshop for your group, please contact our Business Manager at or mail or fax Request Form to Making Sense of Autism, PO Box 11937, Chandler, AZ 85248-11937, fax: 480-802-9104

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