The Band of Regulation:

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  •  October 29, 2013
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Understanding the Band of Regulation and the Ten Hurdles will allow the participants to better understand the unique differences/challenges facing an individual with ASD, and to create interventions likely to succeed.  Participants will leave with the tools they need to analyze difficult solutions and move toward meaningful progress.


The instructor will present his framework for:

  • Understanding the regulatory needs of individuals with ASD
  • Determining the unique Hurdles each individual encounters
  • Creating ways that parents and professionals can better understand these needs and then intervene more effectively to develop social enjoyment skills


YOUR INSTRUCTORJohn Merges, LICSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice.  His practice is focused on the needs of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.  He sees individual clients and families in his office, consults with many Twin City area school districts and charter schools, and has developed FunJoyment Groups (social interaction/social enjoyment groups) that are currently offered at community locations and in many school districts in Minnesota.  John has thirty years of experience working with groups of young people with ASD.  He has been able to make use of the lessons he has learned from them in order to create unique ways to understand their challenges, and then to create targeted interventions.  He is the author of Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults – Guiding Toward Growth (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).  John can be contacted through his website:


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