Introduction to Autism Treatment

Introduction to Autism Treatment 

DSM-5 dictates that the diagnosis of Autism now subsumes Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS, with reports by the CDC estimating that 1 in 68 U.S. children are identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Despite the overwhelming prevalence of ASD, the true causes of the disorder are only now coming to light. Parents & therapists are subjected to a confusing array of therapies. This workshop was designed to integrate traditional & alternative therapies for the best possible outcomes. Interventions as diverse as diet, ABA, video modeling & medication are explored. Behavioral interventions and social skills training are honed for use in the classroom and SLP office. New methods for handling meltdown then increasing classroom compliance are taught. This workshop will put the therapist in the mind of the autistic individual thereby allowing them to speak the child's language.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 2.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-IAT
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Define visually based techniques to improve aberrant behavior in the ASD child
Describe how to teach the peer of the ASD child to become an advocate for their friend's good behavior.
Define techniques that put responsibility for behavior change back on the child.
Define upcoming changes to the definition of Autism presented by DSM5 as it relates to the SLP.
Identify techniques to manage tantrums and meltdowns plus understand the difference between the two.
Identify techniques to minimize resistance upon transitioning from activity to activity.
Identify new and effective methods for teaching social skills in the context of speech therapy.
Describe the role of using diet and supplements to treat autism and ADHD.

1. Autism 1. Managing meltdowns - Methods to reduce and methods to avoid 2. Biomarkers and early identification of ASD 3. DSM-5 changes for the SLP 4. New behavioral interventions for repeating, self-stimming, and listing 5. Biomedical interventions - Research-based effectiveness 1. Diets, probiotics and supplements 6. Preparing for a safe pregnancy and safe baby's room 7. Translating your thoughts into visual terms for the ASD child to process 8. Addressing the peers of the ASD student 9. Teach mood management and handling anger visually 10. Latest research on factors thought to cause autism 2. Asperger's Syndrome or Level 1 Autism 1. Social skills training integrated into the classroom 2. Peer-mediated social skills training program in the classroom 3. Re-diagnosing Asperger's Syndrome under DSM-5 4. Evidenced-based techniques in video modeling 5. Preventing or responding to inappropriate sexual behavior 6. Disciplining obsessive and repetitive behaviors 7. Classroom methods to connect to the unique style of the child with autism 8. Simple techniques for increasing prevention to reduce intervention 9. Transitioning the HS student to the world of work or college

Instructor: Gary Eisenberg, Ph.D., CPQ
Gary M. Eisenberg, Ph.D., CPQ, is a licensed psychologist and professor with over 25 years experience in psychotherapy and psycho-educational testing. Currently a practicing clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, he has been President of the Child, Adolescent and Family Division of the Florida Psychological Association, recipient of their 2003 Child Psychologist of the Year Award, and News Editor for their Child-Adolescent-Family Division. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Florida Psychological Association (FPA), and the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD). He is also currently in practice in Littleton, Colorado. Dr. Eisenberg is a 2007 presenter to the FPA annual convention speaking on Child Developmental Disorders, has testified in Broward and Palm Beach County courts on child developmental custody and trauma cases and is a Florida Supreme Court-Certified Mediator. He is a frequent lecturer to schools, parent groups, and mental health organizations. Dr. Eisenberg received his BA from Muhlenberg College, his MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. Disclosure: Gary Eisenberg, Ph.D., CPQ has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care, Rehabilitation Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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