Natural Supports for Social Inclusion (#5919)

Friday, July 27, 2012: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM
Pacific Salon 2 (Town and Country Resort and Convention Center)
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In this presentation, co-presented by a parent and young adult with autism, participants will discover how to support individuals with autism to participate more fully and naturally in social activities. This session is interactive and participants will experience how challenges in the areas of communication, perception, and sensory processing contribute to difficulties in making social connections. Participants will learn promising natural supports/social activities including social technology available to help individuals with autism build social relationships, friendships, and social lives.

L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of St. Thomas
Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan parents a young adult with autism. An Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, she coordinates the Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate and Masterís Program. Lynn has served on the boards of the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, Autism Society of Wisconsin, and Autism Society.

T. Collin Brusnahan
Individual on the spectrum
T. Collin Brusnahan is a young adult on the spectrum. He has just transitioned out of high school and will be attending an alternative college setting next year. He has an active social life.