Seminar Detail

Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Practical Strategies to Improve Processing

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Attend this seminar with award-winning therapist and author Dr. Nicole Beurkens, and learn how processing relates to disorders you treat in school, clinic and home settings daily, such as, Autism, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, seizure disorders, bipolar disorders, traumatic brain injury and more. Innovative strategies you can implement immediately include:
  • Developing meaningful communication
  • Reducing problem behaviors
  • Increasing active engagement
  • Diminishing repetitive scripting and stimming
  • Building relationships and social skills
  • Improving flexibility
  • Teaching problem solving and independence

Learn how information processing deficits impact these children and discover innovative strategies designed to address core problems and promote meaningful skill development. Through video examples, interactive demonstrations, and engaging discussion you will come away with new time-saving strategies to address some of the most challenging issues in these populations. You will leave with ideas and materials that you can easily implement; so you can start getting better results from your students and clients the very next day!
  1. Describe the connection between information processing deficits and symptoms in autism/related disorders.
  2. Differentiate between methods that promote rote behavior and those that develop meaningful thinking.
  3. Explain how to adjust the pacing of activities to improve processing, communication and behavior.
  4. Discuss communication modifications that support processing speed and effectiveness.
  5. Describe how processing problems impact behavior and how to respond in ways that diffuse behavior more quickly.
  6. Explain the importance of nonverbal communication development for overall communication and thinking abilities.


Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D., has over 15 years of experience helping hundreds of families impacted by autism. She is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a master's degree in Special Education, and is trained in numerous specialty areas relating to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Nicole is the founder and director of the Horizons Developmental Remediation Center in Caledonia, Michigan. Her team is dedicated to autism solutions, research on parent-child interaction and relationships, and family-focused treatment approaches.

A published author of Learning as we Grow and a coauthor of Relationship Development Intervention and Education, Nicole has also developed educational tools for families and professionals. She's a highly sought-after international consultant and speaker. Her work has been highlighted by numerous online and print publications, and she's an expert media source. A Mom's Choice Award recipient and AutismOne Best Therapist award winner, Nicole publishes an award-winning newsletter for thousands of subscribers each week. When she isn't working with families in her practice, she enjoys spending time with her own family, including her husband and four young children.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nicole Beurkens is the founder and is an author for Horizons Developmental Remediation Center, which includes publishing a newsletter for parents and professionals at She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Nicole Beurkens has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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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.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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