Supporting Adolescents and Adults with Autism

These workshops are designed to address specific topics related to adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  They will provide strategies as well as Q&A for parents, educators, and other professionals working with individuals with ASD.

Academic and Organizational Success
Autism, Adolescence, and Puberty
Autism and Anxiety
Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors in Adolescents with ASD
Teaching Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) to Teens and Adults
Transitioning Skills to Adulthood


Academic and Organizational Success for
Middle and High School Students

In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to help middle and high school students achieve academic and organizational success.  In addition to academic and organization strategies, participants will learn how to create and implement age appropriate systems of reinforcement to motivate and encourage independence.

Participants will learn:

  • Why organization is difficult for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • How to support middle and high school students to achieve academic and organizational success
  • How to implement systems of reinforcement that are age appropriate and increase motivation and independence

Clock hours for certificated school staff are available for an additional fee.

Who should attend?
Parents and school personnel of middle and high school-aged individuals (13-18 years old) with ASD.

Content Level: Beginner

Cost: $155 per person

*This workshop is not currently scheduled. Sign up to receive emails about future UW Autism Center workshops.

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Autism, Adolescence, and Puberty

In this workshop, participants will learn how adolescence and puberty impacts individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants will learn strategies for talking about the challenges of adolescence and tips for talking about puberty with individuals with ASD.  Strategies will be shared for parents and providers to use with their children and students. Additionally, participants will be introduced to the changes in social relationships adolescents experience and how help individuals with ASD navigate those changes.

Participants will learn:

  • How adolescence and puberty is different for people with ASD
  • Tips and strategies for talking about puberty
  • Concrete strategies to help their children/students understand the changes in adolescence and puberty
  • How social relationships are impacted by adolescence and puberty

Clock hours for certificated school staff available for an additional fee.

Who should attend?
Parents, providers, and educators of individuals with ASD of all grade levels.

Content Level: Beginner

Cost: $105 per person

*This workshop is not currently scheduled. Sign up to receive emails about future UW Autism Center workshops.

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Transitioning Skills to Adulthood

In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to increase independence in young adults experiencing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and strategies to transition those skills into adulthood.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify needs and create programs to address those needs
  • How to identify student strengths and build on those strengths to encourage independence
  • Strategies to increase independence in young adults experiencing ASD
  • Strategies to transition those skills into adulthood

Clock hours for certificated school staff available for an additional fee.

Who should attend?
Parents, providers, and educators of individuals with ASD ages 13 years and up.

Content Level: Beginner

Cost: $105 per person

*This workshop is not currently scheduled. Sign up to receive emails about future UW Autism Center workshops.

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For more information, please contact us at 1.877.408.UWAC (8922) or uwautism@uw.edu.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received at least two business weeks prior to course start date are eligible to receive a full refund less a $20 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail, fax, or U.S. mail prior to the stated deadline. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will forfeit the full registration fee. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend a class. UW Autism Center reserves the right to cancel a course due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other circumstances that would make the course non-viable. If UW Autism Center cancels a course, registrants will be notified within 24 hours of the first class date and offered a full refund or the option to transfer registration to another course.
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