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Effective Therapy Techniques for Persons Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Families

by Julia Cochran, PhD,LPC 2 CE Credits

The number of persons diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disorders (IDD) is steadily increasing, largely due to the rising notoriety of Autism Spectrum Disorders, which fall within the IDD category. There are many maladaptive behaviors associated with IDDs that are routinely treated with evidence-based behavior management techniques. Additionally, the families of persons diagnosed with IDD likely benefit from Family Therapy methods. The purpose of this course is to provide practitioners an understanding of how these 2 modalities, along with psychoeducation, can prove beneficial within this population.  After reviewing basic defintions, in-depth, practical applications of evidenced-based behavior management, psychoeducation, and family therapy techniques for families dealing with intellectual and developmental disorders are presented.


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Basic Terminology and Diagnostic Categories
  • The Biological and Psychological Correlates
  • Common Precursors to Psychological Intervention
  • The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Intervention
  • Specific Treatment Components
  • Helpful Treatment Decision Guidelines for Parents
  • Developmentally Specific Interventions in Childhood
  • ASD in Adulthood
  • ASD and Giftedness
  • Conclusion: The Primacy of Individual Differences
  • Web-based Resources
  • References


Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Distinguish between the 5 diagnoses currently grouped under Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) and the 3 that commonly compose Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  • Articulate the common physiological and psychological correlates of ASD and 5 associated behaviors that typically warrant treatment.
  • Identify 7 possible components of ASD treatment protocols, their clinical applicability, and relevant guidelines for parents to consider in making treatment-related decisions.
  • Describe 6 developmentally relevant factors regarding ASD interventions from preschool through adulthood, including the aspect of "giftedness."