Dating and Relationships: How Does This Work?

A Workshop for Teens with Autism and Their Parents/Caregivers


Saturday, March 12, 2016
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

During this innovative workshop for teens and their parents/caregivers, participants will gather for a session together and then participate in breakout sessions so each group can openly and comfortably discuss their thoughts and questions on dating and relationships.

Teens (ages 12-19) with Autism Breakout Session
Teens: You may be experiencing acute emotions, feelings of attraction, and an increased awareness of others. How can you express how you feel? 

In a relaxed atmosphere, Uhlenkamp will help teens better understand the intricacies of dating through engaging activities and question-and-answer discussions. Video clips will be used to highlight topics including how to approach someone you are interested in dating, what to talk about on a date, how to respond to jealousy, how to break up and heal afterwards, how to stay safe, and more.

Parents and Caregivers Breakout Session
Parents and Caregivers: How can you support your teen with autism through these new emotions and feelings?

Parents and caregivers will meet in a separate room for a presentation from Pahl and Brasch, who will share examples about dating and autism as well as offer strategies for supporting loved ones through the teenage years. Parents and caregivers also will have the opportunity to talk with each other and guide the discussion through topics of their choice.

Click here to view a pdf of the workshop brochure.

Workshop Cost
AuSM Member: $25 per participant
Non-Member: $30 per participant


Workshop Schedule at a Glance: Saturday, March 12, 2016
8 a.m.  Registration Opens
9-9:15 a.m.  Welcome
9:15-10:30 a.m.  Breakout Sessions
10:30-10:50 a.m.  Break, AuSM Bookstore Open
10:50 a.m.-12 p.m.  Breakout Sessions Continued

Location of Workshop
Christ Presbyterian Church, Fireside Room
6901 Normandale Rd.
Edina, MN 55435

About the Speakers

Jeannie Uhlenkamp
UhlencampwebJeannie Uhlenkamp is a high school special education teacher and ASD consultant. Her book, The Guide to Dating for Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome, has received numerous awards in the Young Adult Nonfiction category including, the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year, the 2011 Mom’s Choice Silver Medal, and was selected as a finalist for the 2010 International Book of the Year. Uhlenkamp is in the process of publishing a social skills curriculum called Act it Out, Social Skills for Teens with ASD and  Related Disorders.

Sara Paul, MS, BCaBA, NCC
sarapahlwebSara Pahl, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst, has worked with people with ASD for nearly 20 years serving as a mental health counselor, behavior support professional, education specialist, lead therapist, primary grade teacher, consultant, and director of a teen program.

Dawn Brasch
DawnColorwebInvolved with AuSM for more than 20 years, Dawn Brasch currently is an AuSM Education and Training Specialist and AuSM’s Senior Director of Finance and Operations. Brasch also parents a young adult on the spectrum. She has conducted numerous emergency preparedness training sessions for first responders and teaches AuSM’s Life with Autism: Adolescence class.


21st Annual State Autism Conference

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AuSM Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation: If a workshop is cancelled or postponed, AuSM will attempt to notify you via phone, using the phone number provided with your registration. We also will post notice of cancellations and postponements on

Cancellation by registrant: Refunds less a $10 processing fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  seven business days prior to the start of the workshop. Following this date, no refunds will be given. Requests for transfer of registration to another individual will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cancellation by program organizer: AuSM reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the workshop non-viable. If AuSM cancels a workshop, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the workshop is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same workshop at the new, future date.