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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transitioning to Adulthood

iStock 000014432495SmallJune 13, 2019
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hormel Historic Home 
208 4th Ave. N.W. 
Austin, MN 55912

About this Workshop
Join Autism Friendly Austin, the Autism Society of Minnesota, and the Hormel Historic Home for this informative autism information share. Sessions will feature topics including Understanding Autism and Positive Behavior Support; Executive Function, Emotional Regulation, and De-escalation Strategies; and ASD and Employment.

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General Registration: $30
Person with ASD: $15
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) may attend at no cost if they are actively providing service during the event.


Community Resource Tables Available
If you offer products or services for the autism community, we invite you to participate in this workshop as a resource table vendor. Vendor tables are $50. For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Robyn DeCourcy at the Autism Society of Minnesota at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshop Schedule

8 a.m. Registration Opens and Breakfast: Visit AuSM Bookstore and Resource Tables
Autism Friendly Austin, AuSM, Hormel Historic Home, and others

8:30-10 a.m. Understanding Autism and Positive Behavior Support
presented by Lucas Scott, Autism Society of Minnesota Education Specialist
Examine the history of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including changes in how it is conceptualized and understood, as well as current DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. Review prevalence estimates over time and discuss what factors play a role in increasing prevalence. Learn foundational principles of behavior management as well as strategies to address challenging behavior, build motivation, and promote functional replacement behaviors. Obtain universal support strategies to foster communication, socialization, and self-regulation skills.

10-10:30 a.m. Break: Visit AuSM Bookstore and Resource Tables

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Executive Function, Emotional Regulation, and De-escalation Strategies
presented by Robyn DeCourcy, Autism Society of Minnesota Education Specialist
Explore the crossroads of mental health and autism. Learn how differences in processing information and emotions can cause challenges for individuals with autism, as well as common co-occurring mental health conditions. Discover ways to identify the stages of a meltdown and strategies to support de-escalation. Discuss evidence-based practices that can support individuals with ASD across settings and promote adaptive outcomes.

12-1 p.m. Lunch: Panel Discussion

1-2 p.m. ASD and Employment: What Does the Research Say?
presented by Eric Ringgenberg, Autism Society of Minnesota Director of Education Programs
As a developmental disorder, autism impacts individuals throughout life. While early intervention is critical, providing necessary supports at all stages of life is needed to promote desired outcomes. Best practice in education promotes the use of evidence-based interventions; however, once individuals exit the school system, fewer resources are available to help identify effective, evidence-based practices. This session will review the literature base surrounding the transition from school to the workforce, as well as employment supports for individuals with ASD.

2-2:15 p.m. Break: Visit AuSM Bookstore and Resource Tables

2:15-3:15 p.m. Promoting Independence and Community Participation
presented by Erin Dilley-Jones MSW, LISW- Austin Albert Lea Area Special Education Cooperative and Michelle Morehouse-Austin High School Work-Based Learning and Transition Coordinator
Learn about practices promoting independence in the community, including the LINKS curriculum and workbased learning. The Links Curriculum is an evidence-based, comprehensive, web-based curriculum to teach upper elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students with autism and other developmental disabilities to be independent across school, community, and vocational routines. Work-based learning is a collaborative effort between students, educators, and local businesses that provides young adults with knowledge in career readiness skills, real world application of classroom instruction, and motivation and confidence to embark on a chosen career path.

3:15-4 p.m. Presenter Question & Answer Panel