San Francisco Bay Area Locals: Please come to a free workshop at Support for Families of Children With Disabilities, in San Francisco, on Saturday, January 9th.

When Autistic Children Are Aggressive or Self-Injurious: Best Support Practices

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[Image: Upset-looking East Asian child]

Why do some autistic children and teens become self-injurious or
aggressive? How can parents and caregivers help the kids in their care get through
meltdowns safely, protect the kids themselves as well as family members,
and anticipate and avoid future incidents?

Come hear from parents, professionals, and autistic people themselves
about best practices for understanding and supporting autistic people during these kinds of crises. There will be a Q&A after the presentations.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Clarissa Kripke from UCSF, talking about overlooked medical and health triggers, as well as meltdown support strategies.
  • Brent White and Lindsey Anderson from Berkeley’s Ala Costa Adult Transition Program, talking about support strategies for outside the home and
    classroom, as well as autistic insights on self-injurious behaviors and
    what, as children, they would have wanted their parents to know.
  • The panel will be moderated by Shannon Des Roches Rosa of Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, who is the parent of a high-support autistic teen.


  • Date: Saturday, January 9th, 8:30 – 12:30 
  • Time: 8:30am: check-in, light breakfast served
    9am: workshop begins
  • Location: Support for Families
    1663 Mission Street
    7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Parking: On street (metered)
  • BART: 16th Street Mission (walk 3 blocks north to 13th) 
  • Bus/Streetcar: 14 Mission and 49 Van Ness, and Van Ness Metro Station

Please register by calling 415-920-5040, or emailing with your contact information.