Effective Therapeutic Strategies for Working with Autistic Clients

06/06/2010 - 8:15am
06/07/2010 - 4:30pm

Making Sense of Autism!

Working with autism instead of against it
in cooperation with
Syracuse University’s Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies


Susan Golubock, Occupational Therapist

Jim Sinclair, Rehabilitation Counselor

Effective Therapeutic Strategies for Working with Autistic Clients

June 6-7, 2010
Syracuse, NY

Don’t Miss Out!

Advance Registration Required

Meet the Speakers
Susan Golubock, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult, has worked as an occupational therapist for over 30 years with school age children in the area of sensory integration. In 1995, Susan earned a master's degree in special education assistive technology. After her own diagnosis, Susan focused on working exclusively with individuals on the autism spectrum, all levels of abilities and all ages. Today Susan works as a private contractor, providing consultation services to parents of autistic individuals as well as adults on the spectrum. She and Jim-founded Making Sense of Autism to provide workshops to those who live and work with people on the autism spectrum in an effort to bridge the gap in understanding between each others' needs and processing styles. Susan has been a regular presenter at Autreat over the past ten years. She has contributed poems and writings on Asperger's Syndrome to the book Women From Another Planet?: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism.

Jim Sinclair is an autistic counselor who has a BA in psychology, post-graduate education in developmental and child psychology, and an MS in rehabilitation counseling, as well as being a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He has worked professionally with autistic children, adolescents, and adults, and has provided training seminars for teachers and therapists of autistic people. Jim also has extensive experience in autistic self-advocacy, having pioneered the use of service dogs for autistic people in the late 1980s; 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 is a popular and dynamic speaker at autism conferences nationally and internationally.

Who should attend:
Educators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, administrators

Certificates of Attendance will be provided
Continuing Education Units available through University College of Syracuse University


Workshop Schedule

Sunday, June 6

8:15-9:00 a.m.— Registration

9:00-10:30 a.m.— Autistic Behaviors from a Sensory-Motor Perspective (Susan)

· Understanding the sensory and motor processing differences in autism

· How processing differences can lead to meltdowns, anxiety, and other behaviors

10:30-10:45 a.m.— Break

10:45-12:15 p.m.— A Portable Communication Toolkit (Jim)

· Recognizing what communication is—and what it is not.

· Common autistic communication characteristics, and how to work with them.

12:15-1:30 p.m.— LUNCH (on your own)

1:30-3:00 p.m. — Self-Advocacy for All Autistics (Susan)

· Recognizing how autistic individuals do tell you what they need—and how to understand it

· Strategies for teaching effective self-advocacy at all ages and abilities

3:00-3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Assessing and Operationalizing Autistic Social Skills (Jim)

· Understanding common patterns of autistic social behavior

· Guidelines for fostering meaningful social interactions.

Monday, June 7

8:15-9:00 a.m. — Registration

9:00-10:30 a.m. — Developing and Implementing Goals Based on Autistic Strengths (Susan)

· Recognizing and identifying autistic strengths at various ages

· Using strengths to make sense of goals and to develop effective strategies for achieving them

10:30-10:45 a.m. — Break

10:45-12:15 p.m. — Autism and Emotion: Some Thoughts About Feelings (Jim)

· Understanding the nature and function of emotional processing

· Learn about unique aspects of autistic emotional processing

· Communication of and about emotions

12:15-1:30 p.m. — LUNCH (on your own)

1:30-3:00 p.m. — Self-Regulation of Emotions: Why It’s So Hard and What You Can Do To Help (Susan)

· Understanding why autistic expression of emotions often appears so extreme

· Learn executive functioning strategies that foster natural self-regulation

3:00-3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Autism & Counseling: Making Counseling and Psychotherapy Work (Jim)

· Effective communication with autistic clients

· Setting goals for counseling

Location: Syracuse University

Room HL 215

Syracuse, NY 13244

Directions available at http://www.syr.edu/visiting/campusviews/directions.html

Campus Map available at http://www.syr.edu/syracwis/imagerep/maps/NorthCampus072006.pdf

Parking: Sunday; park wherever you find space. Monday: For participants with a disability, park in Q1 (let us know as we need to give them your name in advance). All others may park in Irving Garage (no charge if you mention Making Sense of Autism Workshop).

Making Sense of Autism


Tel: 480-802-8259

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Susan J. Golubock, M.Ed., OTR/L
Making Sense of Autism, LLC