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High-Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
High-Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults

Where:   HARRISBURG, PA

When:  Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

This intensive, full-day seminar provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioral techniques to help you analyze behaviors and actions, identify consequences for behaviors, and teach new skills to children, adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). Walk away with practical intervention techniques for social success, behavior changes and overcoming challenging co-occurring behaviors that deliver success through adulthood. The challenging co-occurring issues to be addressed are:
  • Social skills
  • Sensory
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Communication
  • Anxiety/Rigidity
  • Meltdowns
  • OCD
  • Non-compliance
Gain valuable insight into common psychotropic medications, including both the helpful effects and potentially problematic side effects, that these individuals are prescribed. 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 seminar with the confidence to identify actions that cause impediments in change, utilize more successful consequences for behaviors, and teach new skills to children, adolescents, and young adults with HFA. Don’t just manage these individuals; provide interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years.
Objectives:

  1. Articulate how the DSM-5® updates impact therapeutic service delivery.
  2. Utilize several social skill interventions to improve long-term success for children/adolescents with HFA.
  3. Employ specific coping and calming techniques for children/adolescents with HFA.
  4. Determine medication side effects that can mimic or cause behavioral issues and the clinical implications of the side effects.
  5. Design effective strategies for successful transitions for children/adolescents with HFA.
  6. Employ specific behavioral interventions that target the most difficult behaviors in children/adolescents with HFA.
  7. Implement treatment interventions for children/adolescents with Social-Pragmatic Communication Disorder.
OUTLINE

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” behaviors and why other kids get angry
  • How to get peers to recognize them in positive ways
  • Group activities that have a proven track record
  • Early intervention strategies that deliver long-term success
Communication Interventions
  • Conflict resolutions that are effective in multiple settings
  • Help peers and family members relate
  • Verbal interventions that overload processing
  • Pragmatic language and other abstract issues
Sensory Interventions
  • Self-stimulation (appropriate & inappropriate)
  • Sensory strategies to avoid
  • Coping/calming techniques that reduce meltdowns
  • Sensory diet
Anxiety Interventions
  • Anxiety-reducing activities
  • How anxiety impacts rigidity
  • Help them “self-regulate”
  • Successful transitions
Depression Interventions
  • Therapy that works for people with HFA
  • Emergence in adolescence
  • Solitude vs. loneliness
ADHD Interventions
  • ADHD vs. hyper-focus
  • Commonly prescribed medications and possible benefits and side effects
  • Specific triggers and what fuels the rage
  • Reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviors
  • Mistakes that escalate defiant behaviors
  • Overcome refusals to comply with even simple requests
ADHD Interventions
  • What to do when they become stuck on high interest areas
  • Specific medication interventions
  • Impact on socialization and behaviors
Interventions for Specific Difficult Behaviors
  • Reduce Internet and electronic addictions
  • Changes in technology, school systems and mental health delivery
  • Specific triggers and what fuels the rage
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) for mood and anxiety
Psychopharmacological Interventions
  • Differentiate among common medications
  • Medications that mimic difficult behaviors
  • Side effects and off label use
Case Studies, Demonstrations & Activities
  • Case studies that demonstrate specific interventions for aggressive and non-compliant behaviors
  • iPad® apps for social success, behavioral changes and speech and language
  • Staff training techniques to experience what an individual on the spectrum might

PAUL LIVELLI, PH.D.

Paul Livelli, PhD, is an educator and behaviorist with 27 years of experience treating children with autism, ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety, learning and multiple disorders. He is an educational and behavioral consultant for families and school systems in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Dr. Livelli is recognized for his work in educational leadership and policy and works directly with students, families, school systems, and adult service providers in this capacity. He has been a special education teacher and a school administrator for students with autism, emotional disturbance, and juvenile offenders in both public and private programs. Dr. Livelli has lead several organizations through the expansion of their programs for students with special needs. He worked for eight years at Sheppard Pratt Health System, where he developed a behavioral-based intervention model expanding their programs from 18 to over 400 students in nine special education schools for students with autism throughout the State of Maryland.

Dr. Livelli has served as an associate professor for the University of Maryland in College Park where he taught courses on autism, classroom/behavioral management, and social communication. He supervised graduate students in their practicum placements in both public and non-pubic programs. Dr. Livelli has presented at many conferences both nationally and internationally on educating students with autism whom exhibit significant behavioral difficulties, community-based vocational instruction, and changing behavior in children. He had the opportunity to serve as a consultant to the Turkish government in forming their first school for students with autism.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Paul Livelli has an employment relationship with Kids First Educational and Behavioral Consultants. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Paul Livelli has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


EDUCATORS/TEACHERS
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL PERSONNEL: 6.5 ACT 48 Hours will be made available through Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU). Those requesting ACT 48 Hours will be required to sign in and provide their Pennsylvania Certification Number and will receive instructions at the seminar on how to create a free online account with CAIU; only those individuals who have a CAIU online account are eligible to receive ACT 48 Hours.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, 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. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this Intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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