Syracuse Autism Conference: Behavior is Communicative… But There Is More to Say than “I Am Mad”

Co-hosted by Syracuse University School of Education’s Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disabilities, the Autism Summer Institute is an annual conference that brings together FC typers, parents, facilitators/trainers, and educators for an educational and engaging journey, with workshops, presentations, panels and more.

Our previous post in this series about the 2012 ICI Autism Summer Institute, Speak Out! / How People with Autism Achieve Independent Communication, discussed current research on how to think about speech development (strand A4,) and best practice strategies used to teach people with autism to point and eventually type independently (strand A5.)

Presentation: Behavior is Communicative…But There Is More to Say than “I Am Mad” (Strand A6)

Presenter: Darlene Hanson, Master Trainer, and Typer Sue Rubin, subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary Autism Is a World

This session looked at how people with significant behavioral needs, even those with limited communication skills, can learn to problem solve and be a part of their own support team. When we develop communication systems that promote problem solving, we enable individuals to solve some of their own situations and develop the coping skills to self-advocate and expand their opportunities.

Download PowerPoint Presentation: Behavior and Communication

Typer Sue Rubin, the writer and subject of Autism Is a World, a 2004 Academy Award nominated short subject documentary film, presented Challenges and How to Address Them, in which she discussed how she experiences life, the challenges she faces, and how she overcomes them.
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Next: Strand A7, Communication and Inclusion: Principles for Going Forward
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Save the Dates July 28-30 for 2014 Autism Summer Institute:
Envisioning the Future: A New Disability Narrative

The Syracuse University School of Education is pleased to announce that the ICI will be hosting this year’s Summer Institute on July 28-30, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center. You can pre-register on the ICI website to be notified when conference registration opens.
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