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Autism Services Inc.

ASI/ASWNY Fall Workshop

Autism Services, Inc. and the Autism Society Western New York Chapter are pleased to present….

Lessons from the Neurodiverse:
Helping Individuals with Autism Help Themselves

Dr. Laurence I. Sugarman, MD, FAAP, ABMH
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
Classics V Conference and Banquet Center

Dr. Laurence Sugarman is a research Professor and Director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation (CAPS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He serves as a behavioral pediatrician at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center and is Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

This evidence-based workshop will explore recent discoveries about the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and early brain development that provide compelling clues about why individuals with ASD use repetitive and/or restrictive behaviors as calming and coping mechanisms. During this interactive half-day workshop, participants will learn to view individuals with ASD through a psycho-biological lens that provides new insight into how to help these individuals help themselves. Compromised autonomic and social engagement nervous systems not only effect communication, social skills and behaviors, but heighten the affected individual’s fight-or-flight response. Breathing techniques, meditative exercises, autonomic biofeedback, and even hypnosis can help individuals with ASD self-regulate stress, emotions, and behavior. Those who live and work with individuals with ASD can teach and model these skills. When they do, affected individuals learn to turn down the inner turmoil and respond to life’s challenges with increased focus, less anxiety and rigidity, increased social skills, a better self-concept, and greater confidence. This workshop is geared for individuals with ASD, parents, and professionals.

Disclosure: Financial – Dr. Sugarman does have a financial relationship as he is employed by the Rochester Institute of Technology and Easter Seals. The speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering ASHA CEU credit through the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY), and IACET as well as AOTA CEUs for OTs/COTAs/PTs/PTAs through Learning Partners! Both SHAWNY and Learning Partners are co-sponsors of this workshop. The cost and CEU credit information is listed below:

Registration Category Price Continuing Education Credits Available
Parent/Individual with ASD $12.00 per person n/a
Speech-Language Pathologists
& Audiologists
$38.00 per person .35 ASHA CEUs
OTs and COTAs $38.00 per person 3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs; .3 AOTA CEUs CATEGORY 2: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS (Evaluation, Intervention, Intervention Process); 3.75 NBCOT PDUs; .3 IACET CEUs recognized by NBCOT & NYS OT Board
PTs and PTAs $38.00 per person .3 NYS Approved PT Board CEUs
Other Professionals/ Paraprofessionals/Students $28.00 per person No CEUs awarded

Please contact the Autism Society WNY Chapter at (716) 633-2275 for information regarding walk-in registration availability.   Please note that a $10.00 late fee will be added to the prices above if registering after October 9, 2017. 

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. You MUST be pre-registered to be guaranteed handouts/packets.  Handouts/packets are not guaranteed for walk-in registrations.

Online registration is now CLOSED.
On-site registration will be available the day of the workshop; however, a $10.00 late registration fee will be added to the prices listed above. Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Download “Lessons from the Neurodiverse” Brochure here


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