Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Children: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know

A Live Interactive Webinar Saturday May 22nd, 2021
9:30-11:00 am Pacific Time/12:30-2:00 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Alessandra Chiesa, PhD

1.5 CE credit hours. For psychologists outside of New York State, CE hours are designated as home study.  For all other professionals, Live CE certificates will be provided.

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The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the USA is on the rise (CDC 1:54, CDC, 2016).  Chances are that, if one provides mental health services to families and/or children, they are likely to work with a family that has a child on the spectrum.  The purpose of this webinar is to inform clinicians of the best practices in the identification of ASD, review recent research findings, and help mental health providers gather the knowledge to help families advocate for community and school-based services.   Case vignettes will be used throughout the presentation.

For those unable to attend, CE credits (though not live) will be available by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation.

Target audience: This course is appropriate for all mental health providers.

Content level:   Introductory

 

Alessandra Chiesa photoAlessandra is a Florida licensed Clinical Psychologist and certified School Psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Alessandra is Italian by origin, was born in Argentina, and raised in Mexico. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, and considers herself to be multiethnic and multicultural. Alessandra has provided psychotherapeutic and psychological assessment services for children and families in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Florida. In each of these states, she has taken a special interest in working with English Language Learners (ELL) students. Alessandra has worked for several elementary schools in Florida providing psychological assessment, crisis intervention, and in-school intervention and consultation services. Currently, Alessandra works part-time in an elementary school providing psychoeducational assessment, as well as consultation and crisis services. She also has a private practice providing psychoeducational evaluation for children age 5-16. Alessandra’s areas of special interest are autism and bilingual assessments. She regularly presents on topics related to these areas of interest at state and national conferences.

 

Learning objectives 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to

  • Identify core characteristics of ASD, and better understand the great variability along the spectrum of characteristics from mild to severe
  • Distinguish between medical diagnosis and an educational eligibility
  • Identify your role as a mental health provider in the process of early identification and advocacy
  • Identify what a best practice, comprehensive, psychoeducational assessment includes.

Course outline 

Key issues to be aware of when considering a diagnosis of autism for children under age 18

  • The difference between a medical diagnosis of autism and an educational eligibility of autism
  • Review of DSM-5 medical diagnostic criteria
  • Review Dept of Education guidelines for educational eligibility criteria
  • Discussion regarding how a medical diagnosis will not automatically get special education services for a child in school

The role of a mental health provider in the process of early identification and advocacy

Possible explanations for why prevalence of ASD is increasing in the U.S

  • Review of research-based data examining a possible correlation between childhood vaccines and development of ASD.
  • Increased community awareness
  • Increased professional knowledge about Autism
  • Diagnostic criteria have changed over time to allow for earlier diagnosis
  • Improved medical technology to save high risk pregnancies and deliveries may put children at a higher risk for ASD
  • Better assessment tools in all professions

Equity issues in terms of age of diagnosis 

How clinicians can help families with earlier identification of ASD.

  • Advocacy
  • Screening
  • Other

Recommended elements of a comprehensive Psychological Evaluation

  • Parent interview
  • IQ
  • Adaptive functioning
  • Other areas of concern specific to the child that emerge during evaluation

Top research-based resources mental health providers can consult regarding autism

Course interaction & system requirements 

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led polls.

Registration for the webinar will be through Zoom.  On the day of the webinar, you will log-in using the link provided by Zoom.  Log-in will be available ten minutes before the start.  To be eligible for Live CE credits, you must be logged in the entire time.  Entry to the webinar will be closed 5 minutes after the scheduled start time.

System requirements: 

This webinar will be hosted through Zoom.  Upon registration, participants will be provided a link that they can use to access live from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart device.   If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we recommend you allow yourself 10-15 minutes before the event begins to assure you are able to successfully log in.   If you have any difficulties or questions, contact aviva@zurinstitute.com

Fee $35

Course completion & CE info 

Course completion requirements: At the end of the webinar, you will be provided a link that allows you to register for the “course” where you will take a post webinar test, complete an evaluation and download your CE certificate.

That link will also be emailed within an hour after the webinar is over. For those wanting to review the webinar, a recording will be included as part of the “course” the day following the webinar.  For Live CE credit hours, you will have 30 days following the end of the webinar to login to your account at Zur Institute to complete the post webinar test and evaluation.

If you pay and either miss part of the webinar or are unable to attend: Don’t worry. You can still obtain CE credits (though not live) by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation You will receive an email notification when the recording is ready for viewing no later than 5 days after the webinar is over.

Our Live Webinars are live and include ample opportunity to interact with the presenters. They qualify as in-person continuing education in most states.  Each state sets its own requirements for licensure, including continuing education requirements, to maintain licensure. Questions about CE requirements for state licensure should be directed to your state board.

For psychologists outside of New York State, CE hours are designated as home study.  For all other professionals, Live CE certificates will be provided

CE credits for all other professions including New York licensed psychologists, will be provided by Zur Institute.

Zur Institute has been approved to provide Live CE credits by the following boards:

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