Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Humanistic Perspective on Diagnosis and State-of-the-Art Treatments
June 25-29, 2012
With one in 110 children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum disorder, psychologists, social workers, school counselors, behavioral consultants, pediatricians, and Early Childhood specialists are increasingly encountering children on the spectrum in their work. There is considerable disagreement about how to treat these children. It is a daunting task to learn about the range of treatments, their relationships to 'non autism specific' treatments, and to determine what would most benefit a particular child at a given time for a specific challenge.
Through lecture, discussion and extensive video illustrations this workshop will provide an overview and in-depth look at the state of the art of evidence-based standard and innovative treatments for young children and adolescents with ASD. The workshop will cover commonalities, differences, strengths and limitations across treatments, and the integration of autism treatment with treatment approaches used for other disorders.
This workshop also presents treatments for common comorbid challenges and diagnoses, including anxiety, mood disorders, depression, and behavioral problems (e.g. Positive Behavioral Supports, specialized FBAs and Replays) as well as adaptations of treatments for typically developing children (e.g. Play Therapy; CBT).
The course proceeds developmentally with the first 3 days focused on early and middle childhood and the last 2 on later childhood and adolescence.
The workshop is appropriate for both those with little experience with children with autism, with a few children within their practice or program they want to be better equipped to serve, or for those with experience with one approach or age group who are seeking to expand their knowledge base and skills. Participants will gain familiarity with the range of current treatments, and with treatment implementation across various settings including therapy and schools.
Individualizing treatment to meet the specific needs of a child, family and system at a given point in development will be the theme throughout the week.
Core features of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Diagnostic process and instruments
Impact on families
Linking symptoms to treatment
Evidence based comprehensive treatments I: Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA); DIR/Floortime; Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
Evidence based comprehensive treatments II: ESDM (cont'd); RDI; SCERTS
Treatments for co-morbid challenges I: Anxiety, mood dysregulation, ADHD; Behavior disorders and depression (Replays; Positive Behavioral Supports; Social Affective Diet; Role of medication)
Treatments for co-morbid challenges II
Children with autism in school: Autism treatments and IEPs
Children and teens with Asperger's disorder
Treating issues of identity and self esteem
Drama based social skills treatments