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Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
I will attend in person July 22 Ended Free $0.00
6 SW, MH and M& F CEUs July 22 Ended $50.00 $4.67
6 General CEUs for Florida licensed LCSWs, LMFTs, LMHCs, Psychologists, School Psychologists and Nurses July 22 Ended $50.00 $4.67
I will attend in person July 23 Ended Free $0.00
6 SW, MH and M& F CEUs July 23 Ended $50.00 $4.67
6 General CEUs for Florida licensed LCSWs, LMFTs, LMHCs, Psychologists, School Psychologists and Nurses July 23 Ended $50.00 $4.67
I will attend Online July 23 only Ended Free $0.00
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July 22 

Personal Safety: Addressing Issues of Sexuality with Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

This training will provide information and suggested strategies for teachers and other school-based personnel to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who may be engaging in inappropriate classroom/school behavior including: touching others without permission, touching themselves, unwanted attempts to engage in romantic relationships, and difficulty understanding differences between public versus private behavior. The presenters will review research-based teaching techniques to improve appropriate social interactions between students with ASD and their same aged peers to address a variety of sexually maladaptive behaviors within various school settings. Suggestions for: clarifying differences between romantic relationships versus friendships, personal safety, and helping students avoid behavior that may resemble sexual harassment (or is illegal??) will be reviewed along with suggestions for dating safety, dealing with attraction to others and engaging in safe personal and romantic relationships.

This training is for teachers, parents, caretakers, and professionals only. It is not appropriate for children, or adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Specific strategies and educational information will be provided to address maladaptive sexual behavior in school-aged youth with ASD. CAUTION: Language, pictures, and images presented will be graphic in nature and may be offensive to some individuals. 

Attendees will learn:

  1. Rationale as to why providing information of personal safety is critical to overall success within social and educational contexts
  2. Strategies for managing difficult topics with individuals and families
  3. Strategies to manage challenging behavioral situations within the school environment

About the Presenter 

Dr. Kim Spence has served as the Coordinator of Educational and Training Programs for UCF CARDsince 1999 and as the Clinical Director of Autism Support Services for Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources since 2017. She has lectured internationally about creating visual supports, discriminating between maladaptive sexual behaviors versus mental health issues, and specialized educational and behavioral interventions to support healthy sexual knowledge for individuals with ASD across the life-span.

 Alison B. Bourdeau, M.S.Ed received her bachelor's degree from The University of Miami in Elementary Education and Psychology. She then followed her interests and received a master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. After working for several years in the field as a special educator, Alison returned to the University of Miami to pursue a master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Alison has worked with children and their families for the past 17 years in the capacity of special educator, counselor, case manager, researcher, and advocate. Alison served as a clinical support specialist for FAU CARD for the last six years, providing specialized supports in both social skills and mental health. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University, with research focusing on adults with ASD and mental health.

July 23 

Promoting Self-Determination Across the Curriculum from Upper Elementary through High School for Students with ASD

This daylong session will explore the importance of promoting self-determination for all students with and without disabilities, including students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The session will explore the meaning and importance of self-determination, examine the literature supporting the importance of promoting self-determination, and explore the alignment between promoting self-determination and the promotion of 21st-century skills. The session will then overview evidence-based practices and strategies to promote self-determination across the lifespan, particularly from late elementary to high school years. An instructional model, the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction will be introduced that can be used to facilitate the promotion of self-determination in multiple educational contexts and can be embedded across the curriculum, school, home and community. Further, assessments to determine self-determination and areas of instructional need will be addressed.

Attendees will learn:

  • Participants will understand strengths-based, person-environment fit models of disability that are replacing traditional deficits-based models.
  • Participants will identify implications of strengths-based approaches to disability for the education of learners with ASD.
  • Participants will understand what self-determination is and why it is important in strengths-based approaches to disability and 21st-century skills.
  • 4Participants will learn about the availability and use of assessments to measure self-determination and determine instructional needs.
  • Participants will gain knowledge about evidence-based practices to promote self-determination across the life course and in multiple contexts.

About the Presenter 

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is the Ross and Mariana Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education; Chair of the Department of Special Education; and Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability; all at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Wehmeyer's scholarly and intervention work has focused on the application of positive psychology to the disability context, strengths-based approaches to disability, and the understanding and promotion of self-determination. He is currently the President of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He has been recognized for his research and service with lifetime achievement awards from numerous associations and organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, The Arc of the United States, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the American.

 ** All participants will be required to purchase online a visitor parking pass prior to attending the event. Please purchase your Temporary Parking pass with a credit card in advance at:

If you require any additional information about this training, please contact: Patricia Mathis at


In Service Points
6 SW, MH and M& F CEUs
Approved for 6 General CEUs for Florida licensed LCSWs, LMFTs, LMHCs, Psychologists, School Psychologists and Nurses.

Be sure to contact your ESE District Staff or Staff Development Contact to determine the process for receiving in-service.

FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology (BAP #50-6251)

As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we have had to rely on the community for support. Help us provide free support and assistance to people with autism and related disabilities. To donate to FAU CARD visit: 

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Florida Atlantic University
Lifelong Learning Auditorium
Jupiter, Florida 33458

Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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