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People First!

Planning from the Perspective of the Person with Autism

AdultGroupWEBAn AuSM Workshop to Kick Off MEA Weekend 
presented by Glenis Benson, PhD
October 18, 2017 
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Service providers, caregivers, and educators often are urged to put the person first when creating goals and building supports.

But what does it mean to put an individual on the spectrum’s own perspective first? How do providers place themselves in the head of their client and ask, “What do they need to learn the most to be the most independent and successful they can be?”

Obtain in-the-moment practices that will help you understand the behaviors of individuals on the spectrum. Explore the concepts of executive functioning, sensory challenges, and other underlying reasons for seemingly confusing behaviors.

Click here to view the workshop brochure.

GlenisBenson17WEBAbout the Speaker
Dr. Benson has supported persons with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) for more than 35 years. She has been Senior Advisor to the United Nations for the Middle East for ASCs, Director of the Autism Program and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at USD. She has taught for the Kentucky Autism Training Center with the University of Louisville, and currently she teaches at UW Madison. Dr. Benson co-produced, wrote and narrated a video entitled Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has numerous articles and book chapters to her name as well.

Dr. Benson obtained her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and conducted both her doctoral and master’s research with persons with ASC. She trains nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics including behavioral supports as well as ASCs. She currently consults widely from her private practice in Madison, Wis. She is a founding board member of Camp AweSum, a camp in northern Wisconsin for youth and families who live with ASC. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshop Schedule at a Glance
8 a.m. Registration Opens 
8:30 a.m. Workshop Begins 
10:30-10:50 a.m. Break, AuSM Bookstore Open 
12 p.m. Lunch (included with registration) 
1 p.m. Workshop Continues 
3:30 p.m. Workshop Concludes

Location of Workshop 
enVision Hotel 
701 Concord St. S. 
South St. Paul, MN, 55075

Cost (includes lunch)
AuSM Member: $70/participant
Non-Member: $80/participant 
Individual with ASD: $25/participant

A reduced rate is available for registrants of 10 or more. Contact Monika Kopet at 651.647.1083 ext. 27 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.