Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Presented by Barbara T. Doyle, MS, Clinical Consultant and Educator

While there are recommended audiences listed for each session, all are welcome to attend any and all sessions

  • 9 – 11:30 a.m. - Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Learn, Participate and Succeed | B166

    Recommended for: Tutors, Access and Disability Services staff, and MCC faculty

    • Understanding the features that define ASD and how they impact students in the classroom
    • Prioritizing safety in the classroom
    • Improving classroom behavior and enhancing appropriate classroom participation
    • Using visual strategies to promote student learning, organization and self-sufficiency
    • Q and A opportunity
  • 1 – 2:45 p.m. - Preventing Conflict and Using Effective De-escalation Strategies | B166

    Recommended for: Threat Assessment Team, security and the student conduct office

    • Prioritizing safety when engaging students with ASD in problematic situations
    • Separating student’s original thinking from memorized communications
    • Using effective de-escalation techniques with students with ASD
    • Training students to successfully engage with law enforcement, security personnel and first responders
    • Identifying and describing individualized safety goals for students with ASD
  • 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. - Self-awareness, Self-knowledge and Self-advocacy: Keys to Lifelong Success for Students with ASD | Scot Room B178

    Recommended for: Autism Awareness club, students, tutors, Access and Disability Services staff, parents and any interested others

    In this session, Barbara will primarily be interacting with the students, parents and others will be observers

    • Committing to using only safe behavior in all environments: why is this so important?
    • Your most important personal goals: doing is more important than knowing
    • Learning safe interaction skills with law enforcement and first responders
    • Internet safety: where is the autism jail?
    • Describing ASD to others in easy to understand terms
    • Recognizing the influence of screen images on your own behavior
    • Systematic Desensitization: becoming less reactive to bothersome or disturbing input
    • Practicing Mindfulness for a calmer and happier life
    • Asking for help in an effective way: a key to lifelong success
  • 6:30 – 8 p.m. - Teaching People with ASD to be Truly Included in the Community | Scot Room B178

    Recommended for: Parents, family, community members, faculty and staff, Access and Disability Services and other staff

    • Safety in community with police and first responders. What people DO is much more important than what they KNOW
    • Teaching the person with ASD RULES about what can be discussed and where
    • Community safety: street smarts and street rules
    • Social, dating and sexual safety
    • Internet safety: curiosity can lead to imprisonment and how to satisfy curiosity in safe ways
    • Promoting independence: transitioning from personal support/verbal prompting to other kinds of supports

There will be complimentary light refreshments at each session. Food will also be available for purchase at MCC Cafeteria.

Meet the Speaker

Barbara T. Doyle, MS, is an author, educator, trainer, keynote presenter, and consultant with 47 years of experience. Her goals are inclusive communities in which everyone can belong, contribute, communicate, participate, and be safe. The focus of her career has been children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, autism with hearing and/or vision impairment, autism with mental health issues, intellectual/developmental disabilities, deafness, and deafblindness.

Ms. Doyle provides information, training, technical assistance, and consultation services to early intervention programs, public and private schools, families, advocacy groups, professional organizations, therapy centers, adult services providers, vocational providers, the child welfare system, mental health programs, colleges, universities, and law enforcement/legal system personnel. She is an engaging trainer, noted for her practical, ready-to-use information, delivered with humor and humanity.

Ms. Doyle is a family member of seven people with disabilities, five of whom have ASD. With her sister, Emily D. Iland, MA, Barbara is the co-author of the award-winning book Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z, a comprehensive autism manual for staff and families published in both English and Spanish. Her website is www.barbaradoyle.com.