This On Demand course and will be available immediately after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.
Much has been researched and written about regarding the importance of early interventions for individuals with ASD. However, with new diagnostic criteria, individuals with high-functioning ASD may not be diagnosed until later in childhood or adolescence. This webinar will help clinicians, educators, and families develop and implement interventions for individuals with ASD throughout their childhood into adulthood. From understanding the differences in individuals with ASD’s brains and how they process information and communicate to exploring creative and practical ways to teach skills, participants who complete the webinar will gain a fresh perspective on working with individuals with ASD. All strategies presented are designed to prepare, protect, and promote independence for individuals with high-functioning ASD. Specific topics will include discussing the diagnosis with the individual and others, interventions to implement in school and at home to address the increasing demands of elementary school, helping individuals with ASD effectively manage their screen time, teaching sex education and self-care, as well reviewing questioning sexuality or gender identity in the ASD population. Obstacles to developing independence (i.e., driving, applying to University, getting a job, moving out) will be reviewed along with the skills to begin teaching to encourage success and independence. We will cover the transition from adolescence into adulthood and how to help young adults find the motivation to accept assistance and support as needed.
Online Course Format
- Online Training – presented by Megan Barlow, Ph.D.
- 2 hours per session, 6 sessions
- Each session will consist of 2 hours of teaching content
- Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
SESSION 1: Challenges in Diagnosis: Misconceptions & Realities
- Updates to DSM-V criteria and what it really means
- What ASD is and is not
- ASD as a neurodevelopmental disorder: What’s happening in the brains of individuals with ASD?
SESSION 2: To Label or Not To Label
- Identification opening doors
- Controlling the message
- Building Self-Awareness, Self-Advocacy, Self-Respect
SESSION 3: It’s Elementary: Interventions to Promote School Age Success
- Increasing demands, decreasing supports
- Shaping and Scaffolding to promote independence
- How to help when the individual doesn’t want help
SESSION 4: Screens and Social Media
- Social skills involved in using social media and texting
- Decreasing vulnerability online
- What to do when they won’t get off the screen!
SESSION 5: Sex Education, Puberty, and Sexuality
- Let’s talk sex…in a way that people with ASD will understand
- Sexuality and Gender Identity in the ASD community
- Protecting and Preparing individuals with ASD
SESSION 6: Transition to Adulthood: Obstacles to Overcome
- Overcoming obstacles to independence
- On the road, in the dorms, or in the workplace: skills to build
- Transitioning services from paediatrics to adult
- What to do if services are unwanted
Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.
Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.
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The pre-approval period for accreditation of this course has expired. Participants seeking accreditation must contact their associations directly. Please check with your association prior to registration if you require continuing education credits/units (CEU’s). We do not guarantee approval and fees may apply. As this course is no longer pre-approved for CEU’s it is being offered at a discounted rate.