Autism Workshops

 

1. CBT coping tools for ASD children & Adults

This two-part seminar titled “Stinkin’ Thinkin’ and Poisionous Perceptions” explores the common “thinking mistakes” that people who have an autism spectrum disorder can make, and how to work to change these unhelpful thoughts. The second part of the series changes the focus to exploring situations and perception errors, and how changing the meaning of a situation can change it’s experience for a person. Although the strategies focus on children and adults who have an autism spectrum disorder, these tools, with minor alterations, can be used with all people effectively.

2. Emotional regulation for people with ASD & other special needs

“I’m so Happy I Could Scream: Emotions and Emotional Regulation” focuses on helping children (and adults) with an autism spectrum disorder learn helpful ways to manage their emotions in socially acceptable ways. Emotional regulation is recognized as one of the most significant challenges facing people who are on the autism spectrum throughout their lifetimes. Poor emotional regulation is connected to emotional dysregulation and a contributing factor to maladaptive behaviour. The tools taught in this workshop are helpful for people who have ASD and those who face other challenges.

3. Understanding ASD (both beginner workshops and intermediate/advances workshops)

These are a full range of workshops regarding autism spectrum disorders, from beginner workshops that explore the basic characteristics of autism spectrum disorders to more advanced workshops that address specific issues found with autism spectrum disorders, including behavioural and emotional issues. Workshops include strategies and helpful approaches for working with and supporting people who have ASD in various capacities from parent and caregiver, supervisor or employer, or to teacher and peer. These workshops are customized to best fit the needs of the participants.

4. Understanding the ASD brain and neurophysiology

“It’s Not the Way YOU Think: Autism Spectrum Disorder Neurophysiology and Thinking” explores some of the neurological differences found in people who have an autism spectrum disorder and the theories of how these differences manifest in a different personal experience of the world we live in. The second part of this two part series explores some of the common differences in thinking found with ASD, and strategies to help people with ASD cope with and fit into the non-ASD world they live in.

6. Anger management & ASD – information & treatment approaches

“Hot Under the Collar and Blowing Your Top: Anger Management, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Other Developmental Disabilities” focuses on helping children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disability learn helpful ways to express and manage their anger. Strategies learned could also be used with all people of different abilities with little to no adaptations, and are particularity effective with children.

7. Anxiety & ASD – information and treatment approaches

“I’m a Bit Anxious About This: Anxiety and ASD” focuses on the experience of anxiety for people on the autism spectrum, the most common emotional issue. Explore some of the causes of anxiety, prevalence, common types of anxiety (school anxiety, social anxiety), some ways to identify anxiety, and strategies to help children and adults with ASD cope with and manage their anxiety. The tools learned can be used effectively with all people of all ages with minimal adaptation.

8. Stress management & ASD- information & treatment approaches

“I Need a Break: Stress and Relaxation for ASD” explores the differences in stress when supporting children and adults who have an autism spectrum disorder. This workshop explores some of the ways children with ASD demonstrate that they are under stress, and tools to help them manage their stress. Note: many of these tools will be helpful for the support people as well, as it is well recognized that helping to support someone with ASD is often very stressful.

9. Depression & ASD- information & treatment approaches

“This is Getting Me Down: Depression and ASD” focuses on the experience of depression for people on the autism spectrum, the second most common emotional issue. This workshop explores some of the causes of depression and prevalence,  some ways to identify depression, and strategies to help children and adults with ASD to combat their depression.

 

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