ASD and Communication 2021 Workshop

Picture of woman and child holding masks that have been colored over their eyes; both are smilingAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER AND COMMUNICATION: FOUNDATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT

MARCH 12, 2021
9 A.M.-12 P.M.

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication Disorders invite parents, caregivers, and providers of youth with autism or communication delays to participate in this FREE, virtual, informative workshop led by an autism education expert and a speech-language pathologist.

Registration is required. An optional suggested donation of $10 supports scholarships for AuSM recreational programs throughout the state, including northern Minnesota. Financial support is provided by the Michael Adam Carroll Memorial Fund through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

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Workshop Objectives

  • Learn how developmental differences related to ASD impact individual needs and outcomes.
  • Learn general language characteristics of preverbal/early communicators, language combiner communicators, and conversational communicators.
  • Learn how capacities in social communication such as use and interpretation of proximity, gestures, and eye gaze effect all three levels of communicators.
  • Learn play and other strategies to communicate better with your child at each communicator level.

Workshop Schedule

8:45 a.m. Webinar Access Opens

9 a.m. Session 1: Understanding Autism

Presented by Eric Ringgenberg, BS, MA

Our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to evolve. While more is known now than in the past, the formal diagnostic criteria for ASD has seen substantial revision, and the lived experience of autistic individuals is increasingly at odds with a medical, deficit-driven perspective. This session will provide a brief review of the history of ASD, along with core tenants of autistic differences that align with multiple viewpoints and a developmental perspective.

10 a.m. Session 2: Promoting Communication for Individuals with ASD

Presented by Tamara Pogin, MA, CCC-SLP

Communication is more complex than the words we say; it is the conduit with which we connect to others. When we figure out what our child understands and the methods they use to communicate, we can help them grow in their language output and total communication. By communicating better with our child, we can help them communicate better with others.

11 a.m. Session 3: Strategies to Promote Communication Across Settings

Presented by Tamara Pogin, MA, CCC-SLP

Multiple strategies and evidence-based practices can be used to promote communication; however, they require individualization based on considerations related to personal needs and the specific environment. Explanation and examples will be given for implementation in multiple settings, and across developmental levels.

12 p.m. Workshop Concludes

About the Presenters

Eric Ringgenberg, BS, MA (he/his)
Eric Ringgenberg is the Education Program Director for the Autism Society of Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and a Master of Arts in Special Education- Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of St. Thomas. Additionally, Ringgenberg has extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum in multiple settings and capacities, as well as coordinating implementation of evidence-based practices.

Tamara Pogin, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her)
Tamara Pogin, a speech language pathologist for the Masonic Children’s Clinic. She has 19 years of experience and has focused her practice in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families with play-centered approaches for 13 years. Pogin enjoys finding ways to help children and families play together at home and in the community. In 2009, she was one of the founders of Stage Play, a collaboration with a local theater program that uses improvisation and scripted skits to help children with social delays. Pogin appreciates the extensive trainings she has received from the SCERTS Model, Social Thinking, Inc., and the PLAY Project, which influence and support her daily practice with clients and their families. She currently is the only certified PLAY Project consultant in the state of Minnesota.

Workshop Partners

Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
AuSM is a place where everyone can learn, access services, and develop skills for navigating what can be challenging emotions and complex information. Services include membership, workshops, the state autism conference, AuSM Skillshops, specially-tailored summer camps for youth and adults with autism, interest-based social skills classes, Counseling and Consulting Services, support groups, Autism Direct Support Certification, sensory-friendly events, advocacy, Information and Resources, and customized autism training.

Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication Disorders
At the Masonic Children’s Clinic, we work with children and their caregivers to assess, diagnose and remediate language disorders in a personalized approach that considers and embraces what makes each child unique. In addition, we provide parent education and resources so that parents may reinforce the skills their children learn while at our clinic.