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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:   TOMS RIVER, NJ

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

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$229.99
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DAYS HOTEL TOMS RIVER
290 ROUTE 37 EAST
TOMS RIVER, NJ 08753
Phone:  732-244-4000
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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 and communication
  • Sensory
  • Anxiety/Rigidity/Non-compliance
  • ADHD/ADD
  • OCD
  • Psychotropic medications

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 the advantage of pro-social punishment as a new idea to target and help make changes to difficult behaviors. You will receive the tools necessary 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 can lead to successful independence into their adult years!
Objectives:

  1. Implement interventions to teach children/adolescents diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism (HFA) the skills to independently manage their own regulation, anxiety and fears.
  2. Design effective strategies to approach transitions and routine life challenges for children/adolescents diagnosed with HFA.
  3. Utilize specific interventions to improve long-term social-emotional success for children/adolescents diagnosed with HFA.
  4. Suggest specific sensory-based calming techniques to reduce anxiety for children/adolescents diagnosed with HFA.
  5. Recognize the potential side effects of psychotropic medication that can mimic or cause behavioral issues related to HFA.
  6. Design specific behavioral interventions to reduce frequency, intensity and duration of difficult behaviors in children/adolescents with HFA.
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
  • Early intervention strategies that can 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
  • Impact on flexibility and change
  • 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
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 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
  • 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

LESLIE COHEN, PHD, BCBA-D

Leslie Cohen, PhD, BCBA-D, is a licensed psychologist who brings a balanced clinical and educational perspective to her work with children, families, schools and clinical teams. For over 18 years, she has been treating clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety disorders, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, ODD, dual diagnosis, learning disabilities and depression. In her consultation to school districts in the United States, Canada and on native reserves, Dr. Cohen works with multi-disciplinary educational teams to embed positive behavior supports and social skills training within the regular school curriculum. In her private practice, she conducts functional behavior assessments, creates treatment plans for families and schools, supervises clinical and front-line staff in behavioral support and intensive early intervention for children with ASD. Dr. Cohen places special emphasis on combining creative, play and leisure-based activities with science-based interventions, such as systematic desensitization, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, social skills acquisition, personal regulation strategies, and increasing resilience, independence and self-reliance.

Dr. Cohen delivers workshops, webinars, and presentations internationally on High-Functioning Autism (HFA), reducing anxiety and depression, increasing resilience, parent-focused problem-solving strategies, structuring and maintaining successful social skills opportunities, reducing meltdowns, supporting physicians in tracking the effects of psychotropic medications, and reducing anxiety at school and school refusal. Working with Autism Ontario, Dr. Cohen co-authored Everyday ABA, a manual on reducing significant behavior problems and increasing functional skills, which continues to be provided free of charge to families and clinicians across the province. Drawing on her extensive experience as a clinician, consultant, and clinical supervisor, Dr. Cohen shares practical, hands-on, proven treatment and intervention strategies in her talks. Dr. Cohen holds a Ph.D., in Psychology from Temple University and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Leslie Cohen is the clinical director and partner of L&A Educational Services, Inc. She has an employment relationship with the Amherst Regional School District. Dr. Cohen receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Leslie Cohen has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), 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.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

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.

NEW JERSEY 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.


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

NEW JERSEY EDUCATORS, ADMINISTRATORS & EDUCATION SERVICES PERSONNEL: This activity will offer 6.0 Actual Professional Development Hours. PESI, Inc., powered by MEDS-PDN, is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept of Education.


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.

NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #10 Course #1016 from 9/27/2016 to 9/27/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical 6.25.

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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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