Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

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Developed by Theresa Regan, Ph.D.

Course materials include videos, with audio versions and transcripts.

General Course Description

Whether in therapy, school, work, or interpersonal relationships, what at times appears to be lack of progress, resistance, or non-compliance can more accurately be attributed to symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Too often the diagnosis is overlooked based on misunderstood or outdated concepts, which is frustrating to patients, families, and clinicians alike. In this course, Theresa Regan, PhD, guides therapists through what they need to know to recognize the symptoms, understand some of the myths and controversies surrounding the disorder, and determine when a referral to a specialist is indicated.

This introductory course is comprised of six segments presented in video, audio or text versions. Information is drawn from the latest research, over twenty years of clinical work, and Dr. Regan’s personal experiences with her adolescent son on the autism spectrum. Case presentations highlight the various ways Autism Spectrum Disorder uniquely manifests throughout the lifespan, providing clinicians with an appreciation of the challenges of identifying the disorder. Content also highlights how once the disorder is understood, therapists can have greater impact on the lives of their clients. Additional references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to

  • Describe the benefits of an autism diagnosis at any age.
  • Identify features of autism in adolescent, adult, and aged adult clients.
  • Explain myths about autism.
  • Discuss red flags for autism spectrum disorder.
  • Plan therapeutic interventions for autistic clients to promote best outcomes.

Course Syllabus:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Definition
    • Prevalence
    • Causal Factors
  • Diagnosis Issues
    • Frequency & causes of misdiagnosis
    • DSM – 5 Criteria and Guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    • Social Criteria
    • Restricted Repetitive Behaviors
    • Working with existing diagnoses
  • Ten Benefits of an Autism Diagnosis at Any Age
    • Appropriate resources
    • Relieve guilt and stress
  • Ten Myths about Autism That Interfere with Correct Diagnosis and Intervention
    • Autism through the lifespan
    • Intellect and autism
    • Working with patterns
  • Red Flags for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the School or Clinical Setting
    • Useful conversation tools
    • Separating the narrative from behavioral data
  • Implications of an Autism Diagnosis
    • Ineffective approaches
    • Building effective strategies
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Cost: $29.00

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