Beyond Defining and Diagnosing Autism
Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions to Everyday Problems
Autism can be both intimidating and frustrating, not only for parents, but for educators and therapy professionals as well. Those involved in the lives of individuals with ASD often face difficulties in everyday routines that interfere with participation in activities within the family, school and social situations. Professionals and parents must understand the importance in placing focus upon the special skills the Autistic individual has and needs to gain over time, rather than the disorder as a whole.
This one-day course is designed to help participants view the child with Autism as a whole; to address real-life problems commonly experienced by individuals with ASD in multiple settings; and to discover practical solutions to these problems. Professionals and parents will be able to work together to form a plan for practical solutions to issues such as: transitioning between activities without behavioral overreactions; becoming more independent in self-help skills; improving mealtime routines; participating in family outings; and increasing focus and attention during learning activities. Participants will learn useful tips and strategies for troubleshooting when problems arise and ways to work together as a team to best benefit the individual with ASD.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Examine common struggles of individuals with ASD in a variety of settings
- Identify specific solutions to real-life problems that can impact individuals with ASD and their families across the life span
- Understand how to use observation and other methods of data collection to promote function in daily living skills at home, school and in the community
- Analyze behaviors that may interfere with progress in vital areas of life
- Expand your current knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder by learning about the daily lives of these individuals, the struggles of their families, and ideas that help them conquer real-life problems
- Develop specific interventions using research-based therapeutic approaches that can be used in the school, the home and the community
- Explore specific solutions to real-life problems that can impact individuals with ASD and their families across the life span
- Discuss options for programs at school and best practice solutions
- Discover how to present and implement an effective, individualized program and ways to modify the environment to increase independence
- Examine behavior problems that affect daily routines and determine what can be done to change these behavior patterns
Look into using observation and other methods of data collection to promote function in daily living skills at home, at school, and in the community
- Understand how to most effectively share your knowledge and skills in this area with others involved in the lives of individuals with ASD
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
STEPHANIE LANCASTER, OTR, is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 16 years of experience working in the field of pediatrics, including in the school system, in the home setting and in a vocational training center. Ms. Lancaster graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has completed postgraduate training in psychiatric and physical disabilities with a specialization in pediatrics, and has worked closely with parents and teachers of children with Autism and related disorders, developing a unique repertoire of useful strategies and pertinent knowledge that can be used to teach practical skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms.
Lancaster's experience and dedication to working with individuals living with this set of challenges and their families make her a skilled and knowledgeable instructor.
"This workshop was excellent. Stephanie is a wonderful and effective speaker. She relates all information well to therapists, teachers and parents. The course workbook is a wonderful resource with practical and creative ideas to share with families, teachers and school staff." - Jonell Douglas, Physical Therapist, Bartlesville, OK
"Fascinating topic. Excellent and engaging presenter. Dr. Xue´s expertise and ability to pull together a number of seemingly disparate concepts made this a highly beneficial educational experience. Great introduction to a practice that will become increasingly important to Western allied health professionals." - Jonell Douglas, Physical Therapist, Bartlesville, OK
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Physical Therapists
Physical Therapy Assistants
Therapy Practice Owners
School Social Workers
Family members of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cross Country Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing
education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider
#044013109, this course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP?)
and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.
(NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the
program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this
Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.
This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures
by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 2: Occupational Therapy
Cross Country Education is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing
education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This program is
offered for .6 CEUs (Intermediate level; Related area). ASHA CE Provider
approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or
Cross Country Education provider #1005, is approved as a provider for social
work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Licensure Boards (ASWB),
through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (approved through
1-27-09). Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Social workers will receive 6 continuing education clock hours for participating
in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state
jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for
licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for more information.
This program has been approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification
for 6 clock hours of continuing education (approval #5948158255).
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many
national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save
your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or
organization for specific filing requirements.
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM
Seminar Program 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM