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Common Sense Strategies for Working with Individuals with Autism

January 31 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

$20.00 – $30.00

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Please register in advance by Tuesday, January 28th.  Additional $5 at the door with cash/check/credit card.

For: OT, OTA, PT, PTA, ST, and other professionals serving students with autism

Time: 8:00-8:30 Registration and light snack, 8:30-12:30 Presentation

Description: Supporting individuals with autism requires a multi-faceted and flexible approach.  This presentation will cover background theory and evidence for supporting individuals with autism, as well as innovative and common-sense strategies.  Attendees will gain an understanding of how individuals with autism think and strategies that professionals and families can use to communicate with them.  Attendees will also learn techniques to support growth in many areas, including social skills, behavior, self-regulation, and self-advocacy.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Attendees will identify mental health diagnoses that are common to individuals with autism
  • Attendees will identify self-regulation strategies to assist individuals with autism
  • Attendees will identify effective techniques for communicating with individuals with autism and their families

Presenter: Dr. Julia Connelly, Educational Psychologist, Founder of the Autism Clinic

Bio: Dr. Julia Connelly was born in Leipzig, Germany, and moved to Utah as a young adult. She graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and German from the University of Utah. She later received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Psychology. Her interest in Autism started while working with young children with autism during her undergraduate career and became engaged in autism research. Dr. Connelly’s graduate research focused on better understanding of effective treatments for difficult to manage behaviors in autism. She completed an internship and post-doc at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), where she broadened her clinical experience beyond autism. She also worked as a school psychologist for three years in Jordan School District. After working at UNI as a staff psychologist in the department of psychiatry, she became the clinical director of the University’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic, which she grew from a one-psychologist-clinic to a clinic with four full-time clinicians and an early intervention and behavior support program serving children, adolescents, and adults with autism. In January of 2018, she founded her own outpatient autism clinic and is hoping to build a community clinic with emphasis on individuals’ strengths and gifts while providing therapeutic support for everyone to reach their full potential in life.

4 PDU’s available.

For questions please contact Beth Cardell at beth.cardell@hsc.utah.edu, Travis Chamberlain at Travis.Chamberlain@hsc.utah.edu, or Krisanne Lewis KLewis@spectrumcharter.org


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January 31
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
$20.00 – $30.00


Hilda B Jones Center, Granite School District
382 Baird Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84115 United States