TEACCH® Two-Day Workshop

TEACCH® Two-Day Workshop: Strategies for Success in General Education for Individuals with ASD

This two-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 focus on educating students ages 6-19 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who spend the majority of their day in the general education classroom following the standard course of study. Participants will learn about the characteristics of ASD and strategies to address educational and social emotional issues that affect success in the general education classroom. The format will be presentation, video and small group activities.


At the completion of this training, participants will be able to:
• State educational needs of students with ASD who are served in a general education classroom
• Develop individualized educational strategies using principals of Structured TEACCHing
• Develop strategies to address emotional regulation and coping issues
• Address challenging behaviors in the classroom using an antecedent based problem solving approach

Target Audience

This two-day course is designed for general education and special education teachers, psychologists, speech and language therapists, and other professionals working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the general education classroom following the standard course of study.

The Presenters

The 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 from 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.