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Seminar Detail

High-Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
Where:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
When:
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is no longer available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

This intensive, full-day seminar provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioral techniques to help you analyze behaviors and actions, identify consequences for behaviors, and teach new skills to children, adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). Walk away with practical intervention techniques for social success, behavior changes and overcoming challenging co-occurring behaviors that deliver success through adulthood. The challenging co-occurring issues to be addressed are:
  • Social skills
  • Sensory
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Communication
  • Anxiety/Rigidity
  • Meltdowns
  • OCD
  • Non-compliance
Get valuable insight into common psychotropic medication, including both the helpful effects and potentially problematic side effects, that these individuals are prescribed. We will explore HFA and the new DSM-5® diagnosis of Social-Pragmatic Communication Disorder. You will receive the necessary tools to gain effective collaboration between clinicians, educators and parents. Through case studies, video clips and class participation you will leave this seminar with the confidence to identify actions that cause impediments in change, utilize more successful consequences for behaviors, and teach new skills to children, adolescents, and young adults with HFA. Don’t just manage these individuals; provide interventions that can lead to successful independence into their adult years!
Objectives:

  1. Employ interventions to teach children/adolescents diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism (HFA) the skills to independently manage their own regulation, anxiety and fears.
  2. Design effective strategies to approach transitions and routine life challenges for children/adolescents diagnosed with HFA.
  3. Utilize specific interventions to improve long-term social-emotional success for children/adolescents diagnosed with HFA.
  4. Appraise specific sensory-based calming techniques to reduce anxiety for children/adolescents diagnosed with HFA.
  5. Assess the potential side effects of psychotropic medication that can mimic or cause behavioral issues related to HFA.
  6. Design specific behavioral interventions to reduce frequency, intensity and duration of difficult behaviors in children/adolescents with HFA.
OUTLINE

DSM-5® and ICD-10 Updates
  • Social-Pragmatic Communication Disorder
  • Impact on service delivery (school/community)
  • Successfully link home, school and therapy
  • IEP/504/Do they qualify for school services?
  • Co-morbid disorders: Why the difference is important
Social Skills Interventions
  • Improve social skill deficits
  • ”Kid Cop” behaviors and why other kids get angry
  • How to get peers to recognize them in positive ways
  • Group activities
  • Early intervention strategies that can deliver long-term success
Communication Interventions
  • Conflict resolutions that are effective in multiple settings
  • Help peers and family members relate
  • Verbal interventions that overload processing
  • Pragmatic language and other abstract issues
Sensory Interventions
  • Self-stimulation (appropriate & inappropriate)
  • Sensory strategies to avoid
  • Coping/calming techniques that reduce meltdowns
  • Sensory diet
Anxiety Interventions
  • Anxiety-reducing activities
  • How anxiety impacts rigidity
  • Help them “self-regulate”
  • Successful transitions
Depression Interventions
  • Impact on flexibility and change
  • Therapy that works for people with HFA
  • Emergence in adolescence
  • Solitude vs. loneliness
ADHD Interventions
  • ADHD vs. hyper-focus
  • Commonly prescribed medications and possible benefits and side effects
  • Specific triggers and what fuels the rage
  • Reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviors
  • Mistakes that escalate defiant behaviors
  • Overcome refusals to comply with even simple request
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Interventions
  • What to do when they become stuck on high interest areas
  • Specific medication interventions
  • Impact on socialization and behaviors
Interventions for Specific Difficult Behaviors
  • Reduce Internet and electronic addictions
  • Changes in technology, school systems and mental health delivery
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) for mood and anxiety
Psychopharmacological Interventions
  • Differentiate among common medications
  • Medications that mimic difficult behaviors
  • Side effects and off label use
Case Studies, Demonstrations & Activities
  • Case studies that demonstrate specific interventions for aggressive and non-compliant behaviors
  • iPad® apps for social success, behavioral changes and speech and language
  • Staff training techniques to experience what an individual on the spectrum might
Research, Risks and Limitations
Target Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Special Education Teachers
  • General Education Teachers
  • School-based Personnel
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Behavioral Intervention Specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Nurses
  • Youth Leaders
  • Probation Officers
  • Other helping professionals who work with children/adolescents/young adults

STACY M. STEFANIAK LUTHER, PSY.D., LPC

Stacy M. Stefaniak Luther, Psy.D., LPC, is a post-doctoral resident at the Behavioral Health Clinic of Wausau and Plover and is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. She specializes in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder for individuals of all ages. Dr. Stacy has over 15 years of experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum in addition to working with families in a variety of settings. She works directly with educators, medical professionals, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and mental health professionals. Dr. Stacy leads social skills groups for children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disorders and symptoms that cause social difficulties for individuals of all ages. She has experience with Applied Behavior Analysis, social-emotional developmental approaches, and with adapting traditional evidence-based practices for therapeutic intervention for individuals on the spectrum. Dr. Stacy has worked with individuals with a variety of co-occurring conditions, intellectual abilities, varied sensory needs, and individuals who are non-verbal. She especially enjoys problem solving to resolve or decrease aggressive and other maladaptive behaviors. Dr. Stacy is known for providing individualized care that emphasizes social-emotional development. She presents complex information in an understandable and usable fashion that is based on experience in addition to research. Dr. Stacy has experience presenting information to audiences with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and expertise levels. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Capella University in 2018, and holds degrees in education and development.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stacy Stefaniak Luther has an employment relationship with Behavioral Health Clinic. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stacy Stefaniak Luther has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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.

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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.

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Counselors
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.

Indiana Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


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

Indiana Educators: 6.0 Professional Growth Points are available for full attendance at this seminar per the Indiana Department of Education standards.


Marriage & Family Therapists
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.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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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.

Indiana Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the Indiana Board of Psychology. Certificate #: 98000998A - Category I. PESI maintains full responsibility for this program and its contents. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.


Social Workers
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.


Other Professions
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