Making Sense of Autism

Available Conferences
by Susan J. Golubock
and Jim Sinclair

The Roles of Advocates, Allies and Support People

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

      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
      • 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 or mail or fax Request Form to Making Sense of Autism, PO Box 11937, Chandler, AZ 85248-11937, fax: 480-802-9104