Karen Levine, is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist in Lexington MA. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Autism program at Boston Children's Hospital and the Autism Center at Cambridge Health Alliance. With Naomi Chedd, she Karen Levineauthored Replays: Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behavioral Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Their second book, Treatment Planning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Individualized, Problem-Solving Approach is in press (Wiley). Dr. Levine's focus is on treatment of social, emotional and behavioral challenges of children with special needs including autism. She has 21 years experience in DIR/Floortime, holds a BCBA-D certificate and has advanced ESDM training. She is on the national board of the ICDL and the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission for Autism. She developed Replays, a play-based adaptation of CBT, to treat phobias for children with autism and co-developed a drama based social skills treatment for teens with Asperger's Disorder. Dr. Levine is the recipient of the 2010 Federation for Children with Special Needs Founders Award, the 2000 BIDIP (Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents) Award for Excellence, and the 1994 William's Syndrome National Education Award. She is a frequent regional and national presenter, with an engaging, dynamic style rich in clinical depth. For more further information aboutt her work see www.drkarenlevine.com

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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.

Monday
Diagnosis
Core features of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Diagnostic process and instruments
Differential diagnoses
Comorbid diagnoses
Impact on families
Linking symptoms to treatment

Tuesday
Evidence based comprehensive treatments I: Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA); DIR/Floortime; Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

Wednesday
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)

Thursday
Treatments for co-morbid challenges II
Children with autism in school: Autism treatments and IEPs

Friday
Children and teens with Asperger's disorder
Treating issues of identity and self esteem
Drama based social skills treatments

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