Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Rethinking Behavioral Challenges

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Rethinking Behavioral Challenges
We hosted an Autism Spectrum Disorders: Rethinking Behavioral Challenges workshop by Dr. Glenis Benson in August.  Dr. Benson has worked with and presents nationally and internationally on Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral challenges for over 35 years. 
Persons with ASDs can often present with behaviors that challenge those who support them.  Historically these behaviors have been addressed via rewards and punishments, but most know the ineffectiveness of this approach.  Participants in the day-long training learned the characteristics of ASD that promote misunderstanding and unconventional responses.  Participants left with a better understanding as well as practical strategies to employ for these challenges.
We had 40 parents, community members, staff, and individuals on the autism spectrum disorder in attendance at this workshop.
The school district has an Autism Resource Team designed to help students, parents, and staff in this area. Here is also a link to Autism Resources and workshops which have been held in the school district: https://sites.google.com/a/medford.k12.wi.us/specialed/home/autism. Please contact Director of Special Education Joseph Greget for more information.

Photo - Dr. Glenis Benson.JPG

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