ChiledaIn cooperation with UW-La Crosse

Next Program Dates: Summer 2023

We are planning to offer this program again in Summer 2023. Please provide your email address and we will send you notification when the dates are finalized. 

Changing Lives: Developing Self-Regulation Skills for
People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

autism-image-1Difficulties with self-regulation are common among people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Inability to self-regulate behavior can negatively impact an individual’s interpersonal communication and may result in social isolation. Persons with Autism can learn strategies to help them identify, anticipate and respond appropriately to their specific triggers. Those who live and work with persons on the spectrum may help them to develop and improve self-regulation tools which in turn may lead to greater success in home, school and community life.

Our presenters:

Our presenters include experts in the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders and come from both Chileda and UW-La Crosse.

Through presentations, small group interactions and sharing you will:

  • Expand your community of support people and resources
  • Facilitate self-regulation through visual, social, and behavioral supports
  • Explore the family perspective of people with ASD
  • Understand how the impact of sensory input may have implications for self-regulation

UW-La Crosse maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Developing Self-Regulation Skills for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

“Emotional self- regulation is the ability to monitor and manage our own behavior. With self-regulation, we can calm ourselves down when we’re distressed, and pick ourselves up when we’re low. Self-regulation is developmental in nature, just like learning to walk, talk, and read.” ―

Every day you experience demands: these can include small demands like dressing yourself or making a meal, to more challenging demands such as developing friendships, balancing a budget, etc. Your responses to these demands can greatly impact how successful you are in maintaining relationships, employment and maintaining a home.

Many diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders have additional challenges to the aforementioned demands such as repetitive and ritualistic behaviors and further difficulty with social skills and communication. These characteristics can make it even more of a struggle to stay regulated and ultimately more challenging to respond successfully.

“Boys who cry can work for Google. Boys who trash computers cannot. I once was at a science conference, and I saw a NASA scientist who had just found out that his project was canceled—a project he’d worked on for years. He was maybe sixty-five years old, and you know what? He was crying. And I thought, Good for him. That’s why he was able to reach retirement age working in a job he loved.”
Temple Grandin, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

Who will benefit:

  • School Personnel
    • Teachers
    • Special Education Teachers
    • Paraprofessionals
    • Speech Pathologists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • School Psychologists
  • Medical Field Professionals
    • Psychologists
    • Mental Health Counselors
  • Health and Human Services Workers
  • Parents and Family Members of Persons with ASD
  • Anyone who currently provides or who will provide direct support or services to an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, school, work, or community setting.