This month’s Autism 200 Series class is Behavioral Support for Adults with Autism.

A proportion of individuals with ASD display some form of challenging or disruptive behaviors such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, or property destruction.

Individuals with ASD who continue engaging in these behaviors as they transition into adulthood often face obstacles in accessing secondary education, community-based activities, day programs, or employment opportunities. Autistic individuals who experience severe and challenging behaviors deserve opportunities and supports to help them reach personal goals, participate in their communities, and live meaningful lives.

Our facilitator is Monica Meyer, Consultant Advocacy, Activism, and Resources for Adults with Autism.

Monica  is an ethical activist for adults with classic autism and intellectual disabilities. Her interest in autism comes from her own experience with her son, Michael.  Monica provides consultation and training to school districts, community residential and supported employment providers as well as residential habilitation centers in WA State. Monica has spent 25+ years learning, teaching, implementing and advocating for ASD evidence-based strategies that have enhanced not only her own son’s life but that of many others through her training and consultation services.  Monica’s personal and business goals are simple; learn, grow, design, and make possible community ideals for those who experience classic autism and other developmental disabilities.

Monica will focus on positive behavior support strategies as an effective intervention to address challenging behaviors. She will explain how to develop an individualized service plan and access supports based on an individual’s specific needs and challenges. You will also learn how important it is to have a “facilitated” Person Centered Plan, examine the adult service systems, and promote ASD evidence-based supports.

This class will be held Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

You can live-stream classes using Facebook Live on Seattle Children’s Facebook page