Travis Breeding Autism Presentation(s)
Presentation I My Story
This will be a brief introduction to who I am and tell you the story of my life. We will talk about what led to me seeking help and receiving my diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. We will touch on elementary school, junior high school, high school, college, and employment.
Presentation II Autism Sensory Overloaded by Emotions
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a sensual experience? Imagine magnifying that times 100. That is reality for many on the autism spectrum. This part of the presentation talks about how people with autism balance sensory input issues with socializing and following unwritten social rules in the real world. The presenter examines how people with autism have physical and emotional sensory experiences throughout their life.
Travis explains how physical sensations interfere with his ability to process social situations. He wonders if autism is not more of a sensory disorder than it is a social disorder. Is it possible that sensory experiences interfere with the ability to conceptualize and interpret social situations? You will learn the presenter’s opinion on this subject as well as begin to learn how he balances sensory input issues with following the unwritten social rules of the world.
Travis explains how he feels overwhelmed sensory wise by other people’s emotions. He feels other people’s emotions sometimes more than his own. This can cause him to over react in responding to the emotions of his friends. Sometimes Travis’ response to comfort someone is over the top to them because he is experiencing their emotion more magnified or dramatic than they are.
Emotions are all about context. Emotions are also a spectrum just like autism. There can be high functioning and low functioning emotions. It is important to understand the context of each emotion another person has in order to match the context of your emotional response and then match that context with your social response. Travis tells how he tries to learn to match context functioning levels of his friend’s emotions with his in this informative presentation.
If someone with autism seems socially awkward it may be that they are having a sensory input experience that is preventing them from being proper socially. Often the sensory overload shuts down the social part of the brain preventing people with autism from accessing skills that they might have. The trick is to learn how to eliminate sensory barriers that prevent you from being successful in social relationships. This presentation is the presenter’s experience with experiencing and relating to other people’s emotions as someone on the autism spectrum.
Presentation III My Aspie Special Interest is My Best Friend
Learn how some of Travis’ special interests with Asperger Syndrome quickly became his best friends who helped him cope through times of loneliness, sadness, and depression from social isolation. This presentation examines the role of the special interest for someone with autism and gives useful tips on how to understand a special interest and what it means. Learn about Travis’ special interests here.
Travis shares how special interests modify over time. What started as an interest in toys like Thomas the Train turned into an interest in sports. Then as he got older, he started playing trombone and joined the band in school. This quickly became a special interest to him. As Travis got older, he developed more complex special interests that ranged from sexuality to a specific special interest in another person.
In this presentation Travis explains how the special interests and his ability to escape into imagination and create a make-believe world helped him cope with school. Travis wanted everyone to know about his special interests but sometimes it was inappropriate to tell people. This presentation also shares about the similarities and differences between a special interest, an Autism fixation, and obsessions.
If you are wanting to learn more about what the special interest means to someone on the Autism Spectrum this is a great presentation to add to your repertoire. Not only will you learn a lot about special interests, but you will also see their role in social relationships and how they help blossom and maintain friendships.
Sometimes special interests are inappropriate, and need modified into something more appropriate. Travis talks about how he modifies some of his special interests into more appropriate ones and gives some ideas on how to do so successfully. If you have ever wondered why your child or someone you know with autism seems obsessively interested in something checkout this presentation to learn why.
Presentation IV Autism Fixations Obsessions and Special Interests
This presentation breaks down the similarities and differences between Autism fixations, obsessions, and special interests. Travis shares his opinions on how the fixations and obsessions battle against the special interest. The negative against the positive. Travis feels he has greater control over his special interest than what he fixates on. Travis works hard to eliminate the negative fixations.
Travis explains what makes a fixation unhealthy for him. He is constantly balancing healthy fixations with positive special interests. His goal is to make sure the positive special interests win out over the negative fixations. There are occasions where a fixation can be positive if someone is focused on a positive thing but most of the time fixations affect how intently you are focused on something and make the object of your focus become an unhealthy obsession.
Travis shows the audience how to use mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy to challenge the fixations that are unhealthy by redirecting his thought process to special interests that are healthy for him. Travis says it is all about learning how to use positive energy to focus your attention on the positive special interest to avoid the negative energy of the fixation that forms in his brain.
In this presentation Travis tells you all about special interests, obsessions, and fixations and teaches you how to interact with each of them. If you love someone with autism this is a great presentation to help you gain a better understanding of who a person with autism is and what their fixations, obsessions, and special interests mean to them.
Presentation V Autism Instant and Delayed Gratification
Human beings long for instant gratification. We do not always get instant gratification. People with autism may have trouble processing why gratification is not instant and must be delayed in some instances. This can make employment opportunities frustrating for them as we often do not get paychecks right away for a day’s work. This presentation breaks down the gratification process to simplify it.
One man with autism explains how he experiences gratification. Travis longs for instant gratification in everything he does. He is much like people without autism only patience takes a lot of practice for him. Learn how Travis finds other sources of motivation for being successful and accomplishing goals without receiving instant gratification for a job well done.
This presentation will provide tips on how to help others with autism learn to appreciate delayed gratification and everything that comes with it. Full of ideas on how to teach patience and acceptance this presentation is a great tool for helping you help autistic people to navigate their feelings toward gratification and patience.
Presentation VI Autism Context of Reinforcement
Travis introduces the audience to social context and social thinking in relation to autism spectrum disorder. The reader will learn how we use social thinking to interpret social context to understand how to generalize and apply social skills in different social environments successfully. Travis also describes how behavior therapists can learn to teach social thinking and social context strategies in young learners with autism by providing positive reinforcement in different social contexts. A child is not always going to get a candy bar or a high five for mastering a skill or improving a behavior. The last thing Travis feels we want is a child thinking he deserves this over generalized amazing award just for doing something nice for someone else. In this presentation Travis will teach you how to teach young learners with autism how to generalize positive reinforcement and decipher it in different social contexts so that they learn to recognize all kinds of positive reinforcement in all social environments.
Presentation VII an Aspie’s Psychosis
Asperger’s syndrome is not always what you think. Standing alone Asperger’s has been no challenge for Travis. With co-morbid psychosis life has been a nightmare at times. An Aspie’s Psychosis is presented in two different personalities. The first by a man in the middle of a psychotic episode journaling his every thought and feeling. The second from the perspective of a man who is in a time of healing looking back at his psychotic episode and reflecting on it.
Co-morbid psychosis is alarmingly common amongst people with Asperger Syndrome. With extreme social rejections and bullying a primary feature of Asperger’s it becomes apparent that there will be co-morbid mental health issues that arise. Travis hears voices. Those voices impact his social skills more than his Asperger’s does.
Psychotic breaks can last for long periods of time. With perseveration being a primary feature of autism, it can be hard for someone with the disorder to break free from the psychotic trap. In a recent study it was said that people with Asperger Syndrome often experience hearing voices and hallucinating, and in some cases, this is due to the social experience. Travis shares how his hallucinations and voices cause him to focus in on the wrong treatments for autism and obsess over things that otherwise have no meaning outside of psychosis.
This presentation will bring you inside of the psychotic experience of someone living with autism. As usual this story is told with no filter and comes from the heart of an aspie making it a valuable tool in understanding the co-morbid issues a person with autism might face when encountering psychosis.
Presentation VIII Beating the Aspie Blues
66 percent of people with Asperger’s Syndrome contemplate suicide due to depression. Travis shares his story of how he beats the depression of Asperger’s by learning to stay true to himself and build confidence in having autism. Learn how Travis tries to let his aspie traits ring loud and proud as he builds friendships and relationships with other people all while creating the happiness he truly deserves.
Once Travis thought he had to mask or hide his autism in order to fit in and make friends. Today Travis wants his autism to shine through so that others can see how awesome he is. This was a very hard mindset to develop and something that he still struggles with to this day. None the less Travis is much happier when he embraces his autism and isn’t perseverating on trying to learn social skills.
In this presentation you’ll learn how Travis gave up on social skills coaching in order to be his true aspie self. Read along as he shares his battle with depression and suicide along with how he has coped and overcome some very negative feelings and turned them into positive feelings. It will always be a never-ending journey for Travis with depression but by embracing autism he is slowly becoming less depressed and enjoying some true happiness.
In this presentation Travis tries to show the reader how he overcomes depression in order to be happy and successful living with Asperger Syndrome.
Presentation IX A Super Anxious Aspie
Travis talks about being autistic and having extreme anxiety. He shares how trying to mask his autism for so many years created anxiety and paranoia that left everlasting mental health impacts on him. Travis gives the audience examples of how he copes and overcomes anxiety while providing tips and strategies for managing your anxiety. This is a great tool for autistic people to have in their lives.
Masking who he was and hiding his autism from others was a coping skill Travis learned by accident. Now he is on a mission to unmask his autism and show everyone his authentic autistic self. He shares how he spent years doing things he didn’t enjoy, to please others. He also did those things because he had convinced himself that was the only way to happiness and true friendship.
This is a presentation of self-realization on behalf of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. Travis sees the real value of who he is and his autism. He no longer avoids bringing autism to the table when meeting anyone, it is one of the first things they hear about. Follow along as Travis builds his self-esteem and encourages other autistic people to do the same along with him.
Presentation X How to Measure Quality of Life for Autistic People
The autism community is often wondering how we can measure quality of life for autistic people. This presentation argues that a group definition for measuring quality of life is inappropriate as quality of life is not a group-centered thing. Instead, this presentation argues that quality of life for autistic people is a person-centered definition that requires determining each autistic person’s quality of life one by one.
Travis gives some tips and ideas for how you can improve your autistic loved one’s quality of life. He also gives strategies on how you can teach your autistic loved one to be a proactive self-advocate who leads the way in improving his or her quality of life. He says we need to value and respect the opinions of autistic people when it comes to their happiness and deciding how good they feel their quality of life is.
In this presentation, Travis advocates for giving autistic people more of a voice in making decisions for their own lives. When people make their own decisions, they feel more respected, loved, valued, and cherished. All those things can lead to a dramatic improvement in your autistic loved one’s quality of life.
It is important to let your autistic loved one develop and engage in their own interests. Often-times, we want to tell autistic people what they should like or what they should be doing. Allowing the autistic person to make choices for themselves will help them create inner happiness that helps them embrace an excellent quality of life.
This presentation advocates for more freedom for autistic people in making important choices and decisions in their life. It advocates that autistic people be more included in making decisions about their own treatment and support services. Most of all, it advocates that all autistic people are loved, valued, cherished, and respected just as any other human being would be.
Presentation XI Autism Aggression at Puberty
Puberty is a confusing time for autistic people leaving those who love and support them baffled by their actions. This presentation explains some of the reasons for aggressive behaviors during puberty and talks about how to sooth and comfort the autistic teen as their body is changing along with their emotions. This presentation gives you the social tools needed to help your loved one breeze through puberty with grace and dignity.
If you have ever wondered what it feels like to be confused by the world, around you, then imagine yourself in the shoes of an autistic twelve-year-old going from elementary school to middle school. All-of a sudden you are experiencing puberty. Your body and emotions are changing, but so are the social rules at school. Socializing is no longer playing tag with each other on the playground. It is now about having small talk and connecting with conversation. It is now a game of popularity and you are unsure how to play the game.
Watch this presentation to see how an autistic man coped with the ever-changing environment in middle school along with his changing body and emotions. The author shares tips for how to prepare autistic teens in advance for puberty and the best ways to help them understand their ever-changing feelings and mood swings. It will also touch on aggression and explain why the autistic teen is more on edge during puberty.
if you have a loved one on the spectrum going through puberty or you support an autistic teen in your career, this presentation is for you. It will guide you in guiding the autistic teen through the challenges they face in making it through puberty.
Presentation XII Escaping into My Imagination Part I
Travis shares extreme detail in how he escapes into his imagination to create a make-believe world that serves him great purpose in coping with the confusing social world. Escaping into imagination is an excellent tool that he uses to thrive with autism and be successful in life. Learn the ins and outs of his make-believe world. You will also learn the pros and cons of having a make-believe world.
Escape into Imagination can be a thriving tool for autistic people that gets us through each day. Travis escapes into his imagination to create his make-believe world when he is feeling overwhelmed with sensory input and the social environment. He uses his make-believe world to excel as a trombonist and an author. His make-believe world has served a great purpose for creating and enhancing his special interest talents in the real world.
Travis shares the positive and the negative of the make-believe world. He says escaping into imagination and creating a make-believe world can go one of two ways. It can either enhance and improve your experience in the real world and make you more successful in life or an autistic person can become so lost in the make-believe world they lose a desire to engage in the real world.
In part I in the series of Escaping into My Imagination Travis shares his personal experiences with escaping into his imagination and creating a make-believe world that has helped him thrive to find success in a real world he does not understand and a world that does not understand him.
Presentation XIII Escaping into My Imagination Part II
Travis goes off to college with the wildest imagination ever. Escaping into his imagination to help him thrive with autism carried him through high school. Will it carry him through college? Learn how Travis escaped into his imagination in college to create the social relationships he desired. Would he be able to turn the relationships in his make-believe world into a reality in the real world?
Over the summer of 2004 Travis met the woman of his dreams, Christy. Christy is a clarinet player who had a half hour conversation with him at freshman orientation at Indiana University over the summer. Travis instantly fell for her and escaped into his wild imagination to create the magical relationship he has always wanted. Now he tries to build the courage to make his make-believe world a reality by pursuing and courting Christy in college.
A shy awkward man, who would later be diagnosed as having Asperger Syndrome, Travis practices his approach to talking to Christy by escaping into his imagination and creating a make-believe world where he is successful at getting her to like him. He tries to memorize the scripts he creates in his make-believe world and bring them to life in the real world. Will Christy be accepting of Travis’ courtship or will she turn him down leaving him devastated?
Presentation XIV Making Sense of My Feelings as a Teen with Autism Going Through Puberty
This is a very advanced glimpse into sexuality and autism. This is not the birds and bees of sexuality. Instead it is everything that professionals need to know to support someone with autism going through puberty and developing sexual feelings.
This presentation will address some of the sexual feelings a man with autism might experience and how he processes them.
Travis shares his personal experiences with puberty and sexuality with an open heart with a desire to change the way society views disabled people and sexuality.
This presentation covers everything from sex terminology to masturbation, to sexual thinking which is like social thinking but sexual behavior is social behavior so we must learn that if we have a thing called social thinking then we have sexual thinking as well.
This is one of the more advanced discussions on human sexuality for people with developmental disabilities that exist today.