Supporting Youth Living With Tourette Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorders


bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded on July 27, 2017

bullet2 hour training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$40 for non-YIPA members

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Youth work is difficult but it can be especially challenging when a youth has unique physical, emotional, or cognitive needs. Most likely, you will encounter a youth who is struggling with Tourette syndrome or who is on the autism spectrum. As youth workers, we need to be able to engage these youths so that they can better interact with their peers and get the most out of our programs.

With a basic understanding of these disorders, there are ways you can help a youth living with Tourette syndrome or on the autism spectrum to succeed in one-on-one services or in a group setting. This includes strategies for supporting a youth in managing the behavioral symptoms that can negatively impact their engagement with you, their peers, and others.

The majority of this training takes a deeper dive into understanding the symptoms and behaviors associated with Tourette syndrome. You’ll learn to identify common characteristics associated with TS and useful strategies to meet the needs of youth experiencing TS. In addition, you’ll learn tips for working with youth with autism spectrum disorders.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics of Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorders
  • Understand the impact of these disorders on group performance
  • Identify strategies and techniques for working in group settings that will support youth living with Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorders

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Trainer

Brian Swerine, a program relations executive with Northern Star Council-Boy Scouts of America, has presented on this topic to schools across Minnesota.  He brings to this presentation experience in Youth Intervention work (e.g. diversion, intercultural exchange and disability services) in addition to having a loved one who lives with Tourette syndrome.

In addition to his work with the Northern Star Council, Brian is the acting executive director and board secretary of the Tourette Association of America-MN Chapter and was named the Tourette Association of America National Volunteer of the year for 2016 along with his wife, Lori.

Brian received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D) from Hamline University and a bachelor of arts degree from Augsburg College. Since 2005, he has been a Visiting Adjunct Professor at DeVry University in Chicago where he lectures on juvenile justice, drugs and society, and victimology.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: MENTAL HEALTH

Logistics

  • Online Training
  • Recorded on July 27, 2017
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $40 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 2 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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