Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Training Opportunity\Workshop: Understanding Sensory and Motor Differences in Adults with Autism

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presents a FREE workshop:

 Understanding Sensory and Motor Differences in Adults with Autism

Sensory Processing 

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at each location

Monday February 11, 2013 
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST

Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

Tuesday February 12, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Holiday Inn Express
2715 Ocean Gateway
Cambridge, MD 21613
Wednesday February 13, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Ramada Plaza Hotel
1718 Underpass Way
Hagerstown MD, 21740 

Thursday February 14, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Bowie Comfort Inn Conference Center
4500 Crain Highway
Bowie, MD 20716


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at all locations.

Inclement Weather Notice:

In the event of inclement weather that affects travel, the following policy will be followed:
If schools are closed in the county where the event is to be held, the event will be canceled.

People with autism often have extreme sensory sensitivities that can be painful and anxiety producing. People with autism may also have a range of motor inefficiencies or movement patterns that may interfere with accomplishing routine daily activities and communicating through gesture or speech. Understanding the sensory and motor differences underlying what are commonly referred to as "behaviors" can lead to effective approaches and insight for self regulation and performance.

During this workshop, participants will learn to:
1) Describe sensory sensitivities and sensory discomfort and their impact on social behavior.
2) Develop strategies to improve sensory comfort for adults with autism.
3) Recognize and articulate obstacles to physical performance of some people with autism that are frequently regarded as behavioral.
4) Create environmental adaptations and interactions to support intended responses of adults with autism.


Moya Kinnealey, Ph.D., OTR/L is an occupational therapist, researcher and expert on sensory and motor issues of people of all ages. Moya has presented nationally and internationally on this topic and has published articles on its impact on quality of life. Her clinical work has been with children, youth and adults with disabilities. Moya illuminates the sensory and motor differences of adults with autistic spectrum disorder in order to minimize potential obstacles to achieving their goals. Her perspective was developed through extensive interviews with youth and adults with autism in order to more deeply understand and apply her knowledge to the autistic experience.

Nick Pentzell, Autism Self Advocate is an honor student at Delaware Community College.  Nick is a "diffability" advocate who has presented at conferences for organizations such as YAP Inc., the Society of Disability Studies and the Autism National Committee (AutCom). His work has been published in several books and journals about autism and facilitated communication.  Two of these journals can be accessed at www.autcom.org/pdf/AutcomNLSpring2010.pdf and www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/1054/1241. Nick's award winning documentary "Outside/Inside" has been shown at disability film festivals worldwide. Nick is an expert teacher of the autism experience.

Columbia: Monday, February 11, 2013

Cambridge: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hagerstown: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bowie: Thursday, February 14, 2013

If you should need any special accommodations please contact Aisha Mason at mcdd@kennedykrieger.org.

Hope to see you there! 


Aisha Mason
Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

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