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Using Attribution Retraining to Improve Problem-Solving and Self-Regulation

Featuring Sherry A. Moyer, MSW, LSW

The ability to assess the cause and effect of our circumstances and choose our next steps, consistently in real-time, is one of the single most complicated neurological and behavioral processes that any human can engage in. It is key to whether or not we develop confidence in our ability to manage the routine tasks and interactions that make up our day. With enough of these negative experiences over time, it can lead to development of learned helplessness, anxiety and even depression.

This workshop gives audience members an opportunity to learn the critical role of assessing our circumstances, identifying our options and then taking action to improve the situation BEFORE it becomes a crisis. Using a side-by-side comparison of real-life examples for both children and adults, the presentation gives a practical approach to recognizing disruptive effects of negative or hostile attribution patterns on self-regulation and immediate steps that everyone can take to promote positive attribution and successful outcomes.


Welcome and Introductions

1.      Introduction to Attribution

2.      What We Know About Attribution and Children/Adults with ASD

3.      The Role of Attribution in Problem-Solving and Self-Regulation

4.      Basic Steps to Retrain Attribution on the Fly

5.      Audience Exercises

6.      Summary and Questions

Closing Remarks


Sherry Moyer, MSW, LSW has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of human services, with a specialty within the field of Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A graduate of Temple University School of Social Work, she is an international speaker with more than 100 workshops and keynote presentations and the author of The Eclipse Model: Essential Cognitive Lessons to Improve Personal Engagement for Young People with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS (AAAPC, 2009).

Starting out as a parent of a child with a disability and the Chair of the Board for the Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the U.S. (ASC-U.S.) in 2000, Sherry helped to organize the first national conference to feature a specific track for leaders of support groups around the country. As the needs of the organization grew, Sherry took over as the first Executive Director, helping to grow the group from 700 to some 3000 members.

In 2010, Moyer accepted a faculty appointment to become the founding Executive and Research Director for The University of Toledo (UT) Center for Excellence in Autism. With the help of internal and external committees of strategic advisors, Moyer utilized the federal grant funds to open the first outpatient hospital clinic at UT devoted specifically to adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through Sherry’s leadership, the center became the only program in Ohio to be credentialed with the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and The Joint Commission. While in Toledo, Sherry also completed her graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and her professional certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University.

In 2013, Moyer became the Executive Director of Keystone Autism Services (KAS), home of the Adult Community Autism Program in Pennsylvania, USA. A unique blend of behavioral and physical health services in a community-based environment, the program was both the managed care organization and the behavioral health service provider. While there, Sherry worked with the corporate support departments to lead the overhaul of program infrastructure and streamline business processes, thereby increase the capacity for regulatory compliance and reporting requirements. During Moyer’s tenure, KAS also transitioned five publicly funded children’s services from the corporate parent organization Keystone Human Services.

Sherry now does private consulting for families, organizations regarding development of long-term plans to improve outcomes and quality of life for children and adults with ASD. Moyer recently completed a business mentorship program where she developed a business model for using her knowledge of attribution retraining to help entrepreneurs use their expertise to serve their customer base more personally. In her spare time, Moyer is an avid photographer that can be found “stalking” the many waterfowl and birds of prey along the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware.

Watch a short excerpt from this webinar: