BSU presents March 1 workshop on autism

Bemidji State University’s Autism Awareness Workshops continue March 1 with a day-long series of presentations on a variety of autism-related issues.

The workshop will be held in Bridgeman Hall 100 on the BSU campus. The sessions are offered free of charge, but advance registration is required. A boxed lunch is available for $10 and can be reserved at the time of registration.

Morning presentations include “Transition and Autism” from 9-10:30 a.m., providing tips on helping students on the autism spectrum move to higher-level work, and “Autism and Comorbid Disabilities” from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., providing some basic assistance strategies.

After lunch, the workshop will wrap with a session on early childhood issues and autism, from 1-2:30 p.m., which will offer tips for dealing with regressed speaking, toilet training and socialization for children up to three years of age, and a parent panel with tips on transitioning from school to summer, making friends and handling hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity.

The parent panel will feature guest speaker Pamela Mahan, a retired licensed school psychologist who raised a son with autism.

For additional information or to register for the workshops, visit Bemidji State’s Department of Professional Education.

The autism awareness program is sponsored by Bemidji State University’s Department of Professional Education.

Dr. Rachele Schafer, assistant professor of professional education; (218) 755-4046