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Early Intervention for Autism: Assessment & Treatment Strategies for Birth to 5
Early Intervention for Autism: Assessment & Treatment Strategies for Birth to 5


When:  Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Join autism expert Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, and spend the day sharpening your critical observation skills at recognizing the early and subtle signs of autism. The behavioral differences between a neurotypical infant and one with autism are so subtle – easily missed and can become deeply ingrained in the child’s neurological system.

You will learn treatment techniques proven to interrupt and replace the development of many ‘coping behaviors’ exhibited by children with autism (ages 0-5), such as:
  • Meltdowns/tantrums
  • Sensory seeking/avoiding
  • Reduction of social reciprocity
  • Resistance to cuddling/being held
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • ’Stimming’
  • Reduced engagement
  • Hyper-focusing
  • Eating/sleeping challenges
  • Under-developed communication

This seminar can help eradicate the delay in obtaining early diagnoses, thereby giving children a greater chance of developing some form of a communication system. Through case examples, videos and lively class discussion, you will walk away with new and improved strategies, so that once a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin immediately.

Walk away with skills designed to:
  • Recognize subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants
  • Identify the ‘red flags’ of autism in infants, toddlers and young children
  • Customize your treatment plans to each child’s unique challenges
  • Reduce insurance denials due to increased signs of progress
  • Provide you support to work with families and other professionals
  • Demonstrate results from evidence-based therapeutic strategies that can positively impact your clinical outcomes

  1. Describe the six developmental milestones found in young children.
  2. Identify the 14 ‘red flags’ found in a young child who is at-risk for autism.
  3. Recognize subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants.
  4. Utilize six screening and assessment tools to determine if autism is present.
  5. Employ specific strategies/techniques to reduce/replace challenging behaviors inherent to autism.
  6. Distinguish play skills that may be missing in the social aspect of development.
  7. Design an intervention treatment plan customized to meet the needs of each individual child.

Screening and Assessment
  • Measure developmental milestones
  • ’Red Flags’ of autism
  • Subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants
  • Latest research in early intervention
  • Video case studies
    • Neurotypical and at-risk development
    • Subtle, easy to miss signs of autism
    • Distinct results of early intervention
Treatment Framework: Interrupt/Replace Coping Behaviors
  • Underpinnings of displayed behavior
  • Recognize and support sensory seeking/avoiding actions
  • Pair preferred and non-preferred actions/activities to enhance change
  • Replacement activities that can interfere with aberrant behaviors
  • The power of distraction that can alter rigid behaviors
  • Stimulate engagement as initially related to their interests
  • Unstick the ‘sticky’ attention
  • Steps to broaden child’s play-based activity
Strategies/Techniques to Treat ‘Coping Behaviors’
  • Meltdowns/tantrums
  • ’Stimming’
  • Sensory seeking/avoiding
  • Reduced engagement
  • Reduction of social reciprocity
  • Hyper-focusing
  • Resistance to cuddling/being held
  • Eating/sleeping challenges
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Under-developed communication
  • Resistance to change
Treatment Case Studies:
  • How to begin treatment with a 9 month old
  • 14 month old who does not respond to pain
  • 2 year old with hyper-focus issues
Build Customized Treatment Plans
  • Practice designing realistic goals
  • Dissect behaviors to build effective treatment plans
  • Design a treatment plan for your client
Reduce Insurance Denials
  • Writing obtainable goals
  • Documentation: Treatment steps to show progress


Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching and research experience with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She owns and manages a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on Early Intervention, autism and various other challenging conditions. A clinician at heart, Susan has personally provided treatment for children as young as nine months, on up. She has had the pleasure of working with some individuals and their families for over 20 years.

Susan is a national presenter teaching treatment strategies for autism to rehab professionals, mental health clinicians and educators. She provides autism trainings to First Responders (Crisis Intervention Teams, firefighters and EMT.) Susan was the Director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps in Illinois, where trained first responders, transportation systems, park districts, small and large venues, nursing colleges, medical centers, parent groups and public school systems. Years of professional experience backs up her ability to speak on this subject with conviction and passion.

Susan has made five Operation Smile mission trips; four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, she was privy to identify the existence of probable autism, then steering the families in the right direction. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak autism can be spotted at a very young age, in all sorts of environments and even when the same language is not being spoken.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Hamre maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Susan Hamre has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

MINNESOTA COUNSELORS: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 6.25 hours of credit for LPC’s.

WISCONSIN COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association, ASWB or NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

WISCONSIN EDUCATORS: This course may be used toward your Professional Development Plan if it meets your individual goals. Please contact DPI with questions regarding individual PDP’s. This course is 6.25 clock hours.

This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

MINNESOTA MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapists for 6.25 continuing education credits.

WISCONSIN MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This course has been reviewed and approved by the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for 6.25 credit hours.

This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

MINNESOTA PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for review. Credit is pending.

WISCONSIN PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course has been approved by the WPTA for 6.25 contact hours. WPTA Course #: 28508. You must attend at least 80% of the seminar to receive a certificate of attendance.

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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

MINNESOTA SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content 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 requirements.

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