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Optimal Outcomes: Using the UCLA Peers® and Other Programs to Promote a Lifetime of Social Competence
Optimal Outcomes:
Using the UCLA Peers® and Other Programs to Promote a Lifetime of Social Competence

This Presentation will discuss the rationale of implementing the UCLA PEERS® and a variety of other programs to help our students with their social learning challenges. Research will be presented to discuss the importance of providing quality social learning interventions to improve the lives of students on the Autism Spectrum. Also discussed will be the long-term benefits of having friends, building relationships, flexible thinking, problem solving, and getting teens involved in extracurricular activities. Emphasis will be placed on approaching autism from a lifetime perspective.

Feb 9, 2021 06:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Joan Gorsuch
@University of Illinois
Joan Storey Gorsuch, B.F.A., M.Ed. has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois and is a certified teacher and a Learning and Behavior Specialist. Joan has conducted social learning groups in Champaign, Illinois at her practice and at the University of Illinois in Urbana -Champaign. Joan was clinically trained at Social Thinking ® in California. Joan is a certified provider for the UCLA PEERS ® Program for adolescents/ young adults and the Girl’s Night Out Program developed at Kansas University Medical Center. Joan has presented locally and nationally on promoting Social Competencies for people on the Autism Spectrum. Joan is married, lives in central Illinois, and has two grown sons, one on the Autism Spectrum.