TEACCH® One-Day Workshop: Transitioning to Employment and Postsecondary Education with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This one-day workshop will be led by Laura Klinger, Ph.D. (Executive Director, TEACCH Autism Program, University of North Carolina) and Allison Butwinski (Autism Specialist, TEACCH Autism Program). The workshop will review our knowledge about adult outcomes for individuals with ASD with a focus on identifying childhood factors that predict a higher quality of life. We will discuss (1) developing goals to support a successful transition to adulthood; and (2) intervention techniques targeting transition readiness skills including executive function, social communication skills, emotion regulation, and daily living skills. Interventions supporting transition to adulthood for both concrete learners with ASD and learners graduating with a general education diploma will be discussed.

Agenda of Presentations

• Session 1: What Do We Know about ASD in Adulthood? 
• Session 2: Learning Styles in ASD 
• Session 3: Supporting Employment and Daily Living Skills Through Structured TEACCHing  
• Session 4: Supporting College Students with ASD  


At the completion of this training, participants will be able to:
• State what skills lead to positive adult outcomes for individuals with ASD
• Understand the unique learning styles of adolescents and adults with ASD
• Implement Structured TEACCHing strategies in employment settings to facilitate the development of independent and daily living skills
• Implement strategies for developing organization and time management skills, emotion regulation, and professional social skills for individuals transitioning into postsecondary education

The Presenters

This one-day workshop will be led by:
Laura G. Klinger, Ph.D. (Executive Director, University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program), & Allison Butwinski (Autism Specialist, TEACCH Autism Program).
Laura Grofer Klinger is a clinical psychologist, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and the Executive Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree Laura Klingerfrom Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She oversees TEACCH’s clinical services (seven regional centers, supported employment program, and the Carolina Living and Learning Center, an integrated vocational and residential program for adults), international training program, and its community-based research program. Dr. Klinger serves on a variety of community advisory boards including Sesame Street (initiative to increase ASD awareness), Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (supporting their development of an insurance policy for individuals with ASD), Government Accountability Office (adult transition), and Extraordinary Ventures (an employment program for adults with ASD). She consults to school systems and employment programs internationally about best practices for supporting the transition to adulthood including supports for employment and postsecondary education. Her research includes the study of learning differences in individuals with ASD and the development of community-based intervention programs to promote successful adult outcomes. She is the Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study examining outcomes related to employment, quality of life, and aging in 25–60 year-old adults with ASD who were served by TEACCH during childhood. She is also the Principal Investigator of a school-based pilot intervention study examining the effectiveness of the TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Post-Secondary Education (T-STEP) Program.  

CEUs and Professional Development

A Certificate of Completion documenting hours of instruction, topics covered, and learning outcomes will be provided to all participants who complete the workshop by Saint Mary’s College.