Autism Spectrum Disorder Masterclass

New! Filmed Summer 2020

Presented by Cara Daily, Ph.D.

On-Demand | Available Now


12 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 12 CEUs


This is an On Demand course. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until August 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on July 1, 2021.

Every individual with ASD is extremely different, which can make providing treatment very difficult.  Individuals with high functioning autism have amazing brains that work much differently than neurotypical brains.  They have unique abilities in visual-spatial processing, rule-following, sensory perception, and detailed memory, but also deficits in executive functioning, integrative processing, and other complex cognitive skills.  As a result, individuals with ASD are much more prone to the co-occurring challenges of anxiety, depression, aggression, poor self-regulation, inattention, and social skill deficits. 

This 12 hour intensive and hands-on seminar provides evidence-based behavioural intervention strategies, essential cognitive-behavioural treatment tools, and successful psychosocial techniques to teach individuals with ASD to regulate their emotions, develop impulse control, and improve their behaviours.  Through engaging case studies, demonstrations, and activities you will better understand ASD and learn in-depth practical intervention techniques for social success, improved mood, positive behaviour changes, and overcoming challenging co-occurring behaviours.

Join autism expert and author, Cara Daily, PhD, BCBA, and learn how to integrate the latest research on brain development, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and behavioural interventions in your work with children with HFA (0-25 years). You will walk away with up-to-date evidenced-based strategies to teach new skills and behaviours related to co-occurring deficits such as:

Social-Communication, Social-Pragmatic Language Disorder, Sensory, ADHD/Executive Functions, Anxiety/Rigidity, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Sex Education, Meltdowns, Depression, Psychotropic medications & Self-Help Skills

Online Course Format

  • 12 hours of Online Training
  • 12 CEUs
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
  • No categories

Session 1: Understand Autism Spectrum Disorder


Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Latest research in ASD brain development
  • Comorbid disorders and symptoms
  • Enhanced versus impaired abilities
  • Information processing: Typical brain versus brain with autism
  • Experience how an individual with ASD processes tasks
  • Sensory Overload and Self-Stimulatory Behaviours


Session 2:  Screening and Assessment


Assessments: From Observational Screens to Standardize Tools

  • Comprehensive diagnostic tools and evaluations
  • Modified checklists for infants and toddlers
  • Accurately interpret reports to guide intervention planning
  • Ethical challenges in assessment of ASD


Session 3:  Early Intervention and Behaviour Modification for Difficult Behaviours


Early Intervention

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis: Discrete Trial Training
  • Developmental Interventions: Early Start Denver Model
  • Educational Interventions: Project TEACCH
  • Ethics principles in educating and supporting the family in treatment of their choice


Decrease Physical, Verbal and Other Inappropriate Behaviours

  • Turn noncompliance and oppositional behaviour around
  • Applied behavioural analysis techniques
  • Token economy systems
  • Functional behavioural assessment made easy


Topic 4:  Social Skills and Executive Functioning Deficits


Strengthen Communication and Social Interaction Skills

  • Visual systems to improve communication and reduce meltdowns
  • Teach turn taking and pragmatic language in conversations
  • Programs to assist in generalizing social skills
  • Video modelling and role play to teach social rules
  • Social stories and social autopsies


Decode ADHD and Executive Functioning in ASD

  • Improve Attention, On-Task and Organizational Skills
  • Schedules, time-lines, web diagramming
  • More preferred tasks
  • Creating home base



Topic 5:  Comorbid Behaviours:  Anxiety, OCD, and Depression


Manage Anxiety and Specific Phobias

  • Cognitive Behavioural and Coping Cat Training
  • Recognize emotional and physical reactions to anxiety
  • Clarifying thoughts and feelings in anxious situations
  • Develop plans for effective coping
  • Evaluate performance and giving self-reinforcement


Decrease Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviours

  • Symptoms of OCD vs symptoms of ASD
  • CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Mapping OCD
  • Creating the exposure hierarchy
  • Relapse prevention and family sessions


Psychosocial Interventions for Depression

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapies
  • Mindfulness-based therapies
  • Social and vocational programs
  • Experiential activities with practice time
  • Family therapy



Topic 6:  Other Clinical Considerations in ASD


Sexuality and Challenging Sexual Behaviour

  • Body awareness and exploration of self
  • Sexual arousal, puberty and sex education
  • Address dating and sexual relationships
  • Education on masturbation and pornography
  • Decrease stalking behaviours


Trauma: Similarities and Differences with ASD

  • Lack of interest in peers
  • Failure to share emotions/affect
  • Repetitive play
  • Outbursts
  • Sleep difficulties


Ethical Challenges in Autism

  • Welfare of the individual
  • Informed consent
  • Use of restraints
  • Time-out vs. seclusion
  • Complimentary Alternative Medicines
  1. Assess, screen and diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using DSM-5® and future ICD-11 diagnostic criteria.
  2. Differentiate between neurological abilities and impairments in clients diagnosed with ASD.
  3. Create a comprehensive treatment plan that targets symptoms of ASD based on results of comprehensive evaluations
  4. Compare and evaluate empirically validated strategies for treating children diagnosed with ASD.
  5. Evaluate and develop your communication style to facilitate effective, reciprocal conversations with clients diagnosed with ASD.
  6. Utilize developmentally appropriate interventions to teach your clients with ASD how to engage in appropriate sexual behaviors.
  7. Employ sensory-based relaxation techniques to reduce symptoms of anxiety in your clients with ASD.
  8. Implement visual strategies to assist clients with executive functioning deficits.
  9. Use case examples to identify the two major functions of a specific behavior.
  10. Evaluate the ethical dilemmas associated with utilizing specific punishment techniques, including time-out and seclusion.
  11. Utilize techniques of mindfulness, CBT, and family therapy to treat depression in clients with ASD.
  12. Assist clients in identifying thoughts and feelings in anxious situations and develop a plan for effective coping.
  13. Incorporate techniques of exposure and response prevention in treating OCD with clients who have been diagnosed with ASD.
  14. Recognize the potential side effects of psychotropic medication that can mimic or cause behavioral issues related to ASD.

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, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBAis a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with over 20 years of experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She works directly with educators, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, BCBAs and other professionals. Dr. Daily is the president and training director of Daily Behavioural Health, a leading behavioural health provider in northeast Ohio specializing in assessment, consultation, and treatment of autism, anxiety and disruptive behaviour disorders. She is the founder and executive director of the Building Behaviours Autism Center, which has received numerous grants to provide free and reduced cost applied behavioural analysis services to individuals with autism.

Dr. Daily has written several cognitive-behavioural and behavioural -based curriculums focusing on teaching daily living skills to children with autism and published a peer-reviewed journal article supporting evidence for success of these programs. She has presented nationally on topics of autism, disruptive behaviours disorders, anxiety and chronic health conditions in the pediatric population. Dr. Daily has been featured in radio, television, and other media platforms in northeast Ohio. She is the author of The Key to Autism: An Evidence-Based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children and Adolescents (April 2016, Publishing & Media).

Dr. Daily received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Daily is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Fairview Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Christian Association of Psychological Studies.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

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