Making Sense of Autism

Available Conferences
by Susan J. Golubock
and Jim Sinclair



SELF-DETERMINATION:
The Roles of Advocates, Allies and Support People

INTENDED AUDIENCE:
Autistic individuals, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, educators, clinicians, caseworkers, and administrators.


      Workshop 1 (Jim): [2 hours]
    • "High-Functioning" vs. "Low-Functioning" Autism: What's the Difference, and What Difference Does it Make?

    • Objectives:
      • Identify and understand the various criteria that are used to classify people as "high-" or "low-functioning."

      • Explore how these criteria and classifications are manifested in the every day lives of autistic people.

      • Develop a realistic understanding of support needs, capabilities, and limitations of autistic people classified as "low-functioning" or "high-functioning."


      Workshop 2 (Susan):
    • Understanding One's Sensory Processing Strengths and Limitations

    • Objectives:
      • Discover and compare your sensory profile with the individual with whom you are working.

      • Learn how processing differences can result in behaviors that are often misinterpreted, on both sides.


      Workshop 3 (Jim):
    • Parent-Profesional Partnerships: Who's Missing in This Picture?

    • Objectives:


      Workshop 4 (Jim):
    • Orientation to Self-Advocacy
      Objectives:


      Workshop 5 (Susan):
    • Creating Opportunities for Self-Advocacy By Understanding the Sensory Processing Issues Preventing It

    • Objectives:
      • Learn to recognize different processing, perception and response abilities that interfere with the development of self-advocacy.

      • Learn how shared sensory experiences can build the trust, control and choice-making abilities needed to promote the natural development of self-advocacy.


      Workshop 6 (Susan):
    • Self-Advocacy Needs a Partner: Modeling, Mimicking and Motivation
      Objectives:
      • Explore the sensory processing conflicts between partners that can inflame or interfere with the motivation to advocate.

      • Learn how to use your partner's processing strengths to get your message across.

      • Increase understanding of how important modeling and mimicking are in the development of self-advocacy skills.


      Workshop 7 (Jim):
    • Work Skill Awareness and Advocacy for Autistic Adults

    • Objectives:


      Workshop 8 (Susan):
    • Using Assistive Devices to Improve Organization and Make Tasks Easier in the Work Environment

    • Objectives:
      • Identify devices that match one's learning strengths and the task one is attempting to do.

      • Learn strategies for getting, and staying, organized that match one's learning strengths.

      [NOTE: "Understanding one's sensory processing strengths and limitations" is strongly recommended as a companion session to this one.]


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If you are interested in scheduling a Making Sense of Autism Workshop for your group, please contact us at makingsenseofautism@msn.com or mail or fax Request Form to Making Sense of Autism, PO Box 11937, Chandler, AZ 85248-11937, fax: 480-802-9104