High Functioning Autism
Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviours in Children and Adolescents
Presented by Meghan Barlow,Ph.D.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Edmonton, ab
This intensive, full-day workshop provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioural techniques to help you analyze behaviours and actions, identify consequences for behaviours, and teach new skills to children, adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). Walk away with practical intervention techniques for social success, behaviour changes and overcoming challenging co-occurring behaviours that deliver success through adulthood.
The challenging co-occurring issues to be addressed are:
- Social Skills Deficits
- Communication Deficits
- Meltdowns, Outbursts, and Non-Compliance
- Psychotropic Medications
Gain valuable insight into how information processing, communication, and social skills deficits lead to difficulty in the home, school, occupational, and social settings. Learn how to prioritize a plan for intervention and implement strategies in order to improve functioning across all areas. 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 workshop with an improved understanding of HFA and the confidence to develop and implement effective treatment plans. Don’t just manage these individuals; provide interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years!
Agenda & Learning Objectives
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” behaviours and why other kids get angry
- How to get peers to recognize them in positive ways
- Group activities that have a proven track record
- Help peers and family members relate
- Verbal interventions that overload processing
- The importance of incorporating visuals in communication
- Pragmatic language and other abstract issues
- Coping/calming techniques that reduce meltdowns
- Sensory diet
- Anxiety-reducing activities
- How anxiety impacts rigidity
- Help them “self-regulate”
- Successful transitions
- Assessing for mood disorders
- Therapy that works for people with HFA
- Solitude vs. loneliness
- ADHD vs. hyper-focus
- Commonly prescribed medications and possible benefits and side effects
- Specific triggers and what fuels the rage
- Reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviours
- Mistakes that escalate defiant behaviours
- Overcome refusals to comply with even simple requests
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Interventions
- Differences between ASD and OCD
- Specific medication interventions
- Impact on socialization and behaviours
Interventions for Specific Difficult Behaviours
- Reduce Internet and electronic addictions
- Changes in technology, school systems and mental health delivery
- Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for mood and anxiety
- Differentiate among common medications
- Medications that mimic difficult behaviours
- Explain how the DSM-5® updates impact service delivery
- Utilize several social skill interventions to improve long-term success for children/ adolescents with HFA
- Employ specific coping and calming techniques for children/adolescents with HFA
- Identify medication side effects that can mimic behavioural issues and may even cause behavioural issues
- Design effective strategies for successful transitions for children/adolescents with HFA
- Select specific behavioral interventions that target the most difficult behaviors in children/ adolescents with HFA
- Summarize the new DSM-5® diagnosis of Social- Pragmatic Communication Disorder and design treatment interventions
Continuing Education Credits
This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
- Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
- Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
- Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
- Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
- Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
- Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
- Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
- Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)
† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.
* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.
Meghan Barlow, Ph.D., is a licensed pediatric psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. She has developed trainings for parents, schools, and mental health providers.
Who Should Attend
Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.
Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.
Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton
10010 – 178 St. NW
For November 20, 2017
Standard Room $129 + Tax
Cut off date is November 6, 2017
For December 3-4
Standard Room $129 + Tax
Cut off date is November 19, 2017
* Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate.
* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited.
When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.
Registration & Fees
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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).
Early bird cutoff date: November 7, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
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