A Kinder Approach to Challenging Behavior

A collaborative workshop offered virtually by the Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin and Minnesota
Virtual Workshop | December 1, 2022 | 9AM – 12PM

Current behavior trends have an over-focus on compliance and external behavioral supports and fail to address the underlying needs that often lead to so-called “challenging behavior”. This workshop presents 5 key areas that should be a support consideration for every single person: Finding the WHY, Communication, Sensory Needs, Predictability, and Interoception. This workshop is filled with practical evidence-based strategies as well as first-person accounts from autistics and other neurodivergents.

Meet the Presenters

Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards, including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is a co-principal investigator in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the ten resources she has authored.

Chloe Rothschild is an adult with autism who is on a mission to advocate and teach others about autism from her perspective. Chloe is one of the co-authors of the My Interoception Workbook for Teens, Adolescents, and Adults. She also serves on the Arc of the United States national board and the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) advisory board. Chloe works as a teacher’s aide at an autism school 3 days a week. When Chloe is not presenting or working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, participating in adaptive ice skating and dog agility for individuals with autism.



Registration Fee

The registration fee includes access to the live workshop and access to the recording for one month. The registration fee includes access for one participant, access may not be shared.

Member Rate: $45  |  Non-Member Rate: $55  |  Autistic Individual: $35

Waiver Funding

Families enrolled in Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waiver, Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP), IRIS or Family Care may be able to use these funds to pay for conference registration fees. Please have your service coordinator fill out the Third Parter Payer Form to register with waiver funding.

Access Email

Upon registering for the training you will receive a confirmation email containing further information. If you have registered but have not yet received your confirmation email, please contact Amber at alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org.

Cancellation Policy

We are unable to accept cancellation or refund requests for this training.


Please reach out to Amber LeFevre at alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org or 920-558-4600