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Working with Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: Proven and Practical Interventions to Address Challenging Behaviours

December 1 @ 11:30 am 7:00 pm

Much has been researched and written about regarding the importance of early interventions for individuals with ASD. However, with new diagnostic criteria, individuals with high-functioning ASD may not be diagnosed until later in childhood or adolescence. This webinar will help clinicians, educators, and families develop and implement interventions for individuals with ASD throughout their childhood into adulthood. From understanding the differences in individuals with ASD’s brains and how they process information and communicate to exploring creative and practical ways to teach skills, participants who complete the webinar will gain a fresh perspective on working with individuals with ASD. All strategies presented are designed to prepare, protect, and promote independence for individuals with high-functioning ASD. Specific topics will include discussing the diagnosis with the individual and others, interventions to implement in school and at home to address the increasing demands of elementary school, helping individuals with ASD effectively manage their screen time, teaching sex education and self-care, as well reviewing questioning sexuality or gender identity in the ASD population. Obstacles to developing independence (i.e., driving, applying to University, getting a job, moving out) will be reviewed along with the skills to begin teaching to encourage success and independence. We will cover the transition from adolescence into adulthood and how to help young adults find the motivation to accept assistance and support as needed.