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2019 Fall Conference

October 3, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

To Infinity & Beyond: Preparing Adolescents
to Launch into the Real World

Presented by: Nancy Clements
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

To Infinity & Beyond: Preparing Adolescents
to Launch into the Real World

Presented by Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn’t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age. This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on access rather than success, we’ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded individuals, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We’ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated individuals in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to use the Learning Strengths and Weaknesses visual guide to encourage conversations about treatment direction with older students and adults.
  2. List the four steps of Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model
  3. Describe two or more types of situational conformity and the importance of executive functioning in meeting our social goals.
  4. List at least four stages in the Levels of Independence that are needed to manage oneself in late adolescence and young adulthood.
  5. Describe three or more behavioral and learning characteristics of individuals who are Resistant/Self-Protective Social Communicators.
  6. Explain why it is important for students to learn social competencies as part helping them manage their social anxiety.


All information draws from peer-reviewed published research but is translated into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts to explore and discuss. The goal of this course is to help all parents and professionals develop a larger toolkit to better assist students to learn about their own executive functioning, sharpen their perspective taking, and begin to manage their own social lives. We focus on the fact that a successful treatment* program is one that helps the student achieve his or her own goals. This course receives stellar reviews!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.

The speaker for this event is from the Social Thinking’s Training and Speaker’s Collaborative (STTSC).  Social Thinking is not a sponsor of this event.

Nancy Clements


Nancy Clements is a speech-language pathologist and Executive Director of Social Thinking Boston®, the East Coast sister clinic to Social Thinking Stevens Creek and Social Thinking Santa Clara. She brings a highly creative approach to her clinical practice, where she maintains a very active and varied caseload ranging from early social learners through adults. Throughout her 30+ year career she has served as a direct service provider and consultant, and has presented extensively across New England, nationally, and in Canada. Nancy is a member of the Social Thinking Training & Speakers’ Collaborative.

The speaker for this event is from the Social Thinking’s Training and Speaker’s Collaborative (STTSC).  Social Thinking is not a sponsor of this event.

The pre-registration deadline for this event has passed. We will be offering onsite registration the day of the conference for the following rates:

Member: $125

Non-Member: $150

Individual w/ ASD: $75

Important Onsite Information:
  • Breakfast and lunch are included in registration fee.
  • If registering at the membership price type, we will verify your membership.
  • We are unable to guarantee handouts/conference materials to onsite registrants. These items will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
Cancellation Policy:
  • The deadline to receive a refund for a cancelled registration was Thursday, September 19th. Cancelled registrations are no longer eligible for a refund.

Questions? Contact Amber at (920) 558-4600 or agollata@autismgreaterwi.org

Exhibiting Opportunities

Registration to exhibit at this event has closed. 

Exhibitors are encouraged to set up the night before for the Community Conversation and Resource Fair. Set up for the evening will be from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, October 2nd, 2019. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by contacting Amber at agollata@autismgreaterwi.org or 920-558-4600.

Have questions or want to know more about exhibiting? Contact Amber at (920) 558-4600 or agollata@autismgreaterwi.org

Room Block Information

There is a room block available at Candlewood Suites for the night of Wednesday, October 2nd for a discounted rate of $97.95. Please call Candlewood Suites at (715) 839-0967 and request a room under the Autism Society of  Greater Wisconsin Room Block. You can also book a room online using the group code “ASW”Click here to make reservations online

Deadline to reserve a room in the room block is September 11, 2019. Discounted rates and availability are not guaranteed after this date.


Room Types 

The Studio King Suite: ($97.95/night) This suite includes one king size bed and a fully-equipped kitchen.

The Studio Two Queen Suite: ($97.95/night) This suite includes two queen size beds and a fully-equipped kitchen.

**Taxes are at 13.5% and are not included in the rate


Candlewood Suites Eau Claire I94


4937 Bullis Farm Rd.

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Community Conversation & Resource Fair

October 2nd, 2019 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm
The Florian Gardens

Please consider joining us the evening before the conference for a night of networking, resource sharing and lively discussion. Hosted by the Autism Society of the Chippewa Valley, the goal of the community conversation is to discover what is going well for individuals and families affected by autism and other disabilities in the Chippewa Valley area and what could be going better. Come to connect, learn, and share – we hope to engage as many voices as possible!


October 3, 2019
8:45 am - 4:00 pm
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The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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