ASA's 37th National Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders (July 13-15, 2006)

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Saturday, July 15, 2006: 8:15 AM-9:30 AM
Providence Ballroom I
#1916- Autism, Asperger's and Adolescence: Life at the Time of Puberty
Alyson Beytien will share personal stories of the challenges and joys of raising her three children with ASD during the teenage years. This workshop will look at pracical ideas, discussion of interventions, social interactions, school programming and emotional support. A real-life view from a family who is living and learning about adolescence and ASD. A video created by her sons will enhance the program.

Presenter:Alyson Beytien, BA, Autism Consultant - Alyson Beytien is a popular speaker, parent/teacher trainer and mother of 3 sons with ASD. She is a consultant and trainer for school systems throughout the Midwest. Alyson has a degree in Early Childhood Special Education and is the mdoerator of a DVD training series for families. She is also a columnist for the Autism Spectrum Quarterly magazine and host of the web/radio program "Family to FAmily" on In her spare time (is there such a thing?) she quilts, gardens, reads voraciously and thinks of behavior plans in her sleep!
I. Intro

II. Life Experience A. Video by Spencer(14) and Joshua (13) describing issues of adolescence while living with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in their own words

III. School A. What quality programming can look like a. Continuum of service delivery based upon needs b. Inclusions success stories

B. Life Examples a. What we did and why we did it

IV. Friendships A. Teaching appropriate interactions a. Setting up social training at school b. Creating social training in the community B. Understanding the individual's needs and preferences a. Seeking input from the students b. Respecting individuality C. How to support the student's needs a. Awareness Training b. Community and Extracurricular Activities D. Life Examples

V. Sexuality A. Current research and interventions a. Resources

B. Curriculum modifications and support a. Resources and ideas C. Life Examples a. What our sons tells us and teach us D. Areas of teaching often missed a. Boundaries, Explicit Rules, Reality vs. Fantasy

VI. Conclusion A. What we've learned so far B. Where we are going C. What we still need to do

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