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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.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.


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."