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2-Day Autism Spectrum Masterclass: Social and Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Complex and Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Friday, December 13, 2019

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Course Description:

Transform your autism intervention with this 2-day Autism Spectrum Masterclass!

Begin by joining autism expert and author, Cara Daily, PhD, BCBA, and learn the most effective evidence-based social and behavioral interventions for working with the pervasive comorbid disorders and symptoms associated with ASD.

Dr. Daily makes this complex disorder easy to understand – you will leave with the interventions and skills required to confidently teach children, adolescents and young adults with autism how to live more independent and fuller lives!

Learn how to integrate the latest research on brain development, visual and environmental modifications, cognitive-behavioral interventions and successful psychosocial techniques to help clients manage challenging behaviors related to ASD. Through engaging case studies, demonstrations, and hands-on activities you will learn the skills necessary to:
  • Manage emotional and physical reactions to anxiety and OCD
  • Turn maladaptive behaviors around and reduce meltdowns
  • Improve attention, motivation and organizational skills
  • Decode ADHD and Executive Functioning in ASD
  • Decipher symptoms of OCD vs. ASD
  • Reduce depressive symptoms and suicidal ideations
  • Strengthen the skills needed to make/keep friends
  • Address body and sexual awareness, exploration of self, sexual arousal
  • Recognize what trauma looks like with ASD
  • Expose clients to more appropriate self-stimulatory behaviors
  • Accurately interpret assessment reports to guide effective interventions
  • Use classroom modifications for preferential seating, successful transitions and alternate task-taking
Register today and learn the essential autism treatment tools that are easy to implement in the clinic, at school and home!

  1. Assess, screen and diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using DSM-5® and future ICD-11 diagnostic criteria.
  2. Differentiate between neurological abilities and impairments in clients diagnosed with ASD.
  3. Create a comprehensive treatment plan that targets symptoms of ASD based on results of comprehensive evaluations.
  4. Evaluate and develop your communication style to facilitate effective, reciprocal conversations with clients diagnosed with ASD.
  5. Utilize developmentally-appropriate interventions to teach your clients with ASD how to engage in appropriate sexual behaviors.
  6. Employ sensory-based relaxation techniques to reduce symptoms of anxiety in your clients with ASD.
  7. Implement visual strategies to assist clients with executive functioning deficits.
  8. Evaluate the ethical dilemmas associated with utilizing specific punishment techniques, including time-out and seclusion.
  9. Utilize techniques of mindfulness, CBT, and family therapy to treat depression in clients with ASD.
  10. Assist clients in identifying thoughts and feelings in anxious situations and develop a plan for effective coping.
  11. Incorporate techniques of exposure and response prevention in treating OCD with clients who have been diagnosed with ASD.
  12. Recognize the potential side effects of psychotropic medication that can mimic or cause behavioral issues related to ASD.

Neuropsychology: How the Brain with Autism Works
  • Latest research in ASD brain development
  • Comorbid disorders and symptoms
  • Enhanced vs. impaired abilities
  • Information processing: Typical brain vs. brain with autism
  • How an individual with ASD processes tasks
Assessments: From Observational to Standardized Tools
  • Comprehensive diagnostic tools and evaluations
  • Screeners for anxiety, depression, OCD
  • Career planning assessments
  • Modified checklists for infants and toddlers
  • Accurately interpret reports to guide interventions
  • Ethical challenges in assessment and communication of diagnosis


Effectively Intervene Early
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis to break down targeted skills
  • Developmental interventions to express feelings and form relationships
  • Educational interventions for parents
  • Ethical principles to educate and support families in treatment choices
  • Case study: 2-year-old boy, working on verbal requests
Strengthen Communication and Social Interaction Skills
  • Visual systems to improve communication and reduce meltdowns
  • Teach turn-taking and pragmatic language
  • Programs to assist in generalizing social skills
  • Video modeling and role play to teach social rules
  • Social stories and social autopsies
  • Special interests to change unwanted or inappropriate behavior
  • Case study: 8-year-old male, competitive, difficulty losing at games, aggressive with peers
Manage Sensory Overload and Self-Stimulatory Behaviors
  • Exposure to more appropriate self-stimulatory behaviors
  • Fading out severe self-stimulatory behaviors
  • Environmental strategies including classroom modifications
  • Case study: 6-year-old female, hand flapping, rocking, and high-pitch squealing sounds
Decode ADHD and Executive Functioning in ASD
  • Improve attention, on-task and organizational skills
  • Schedules, timelines, web diagramming
  • How to provide more preferred tasks vs. less preferred tasks
  • ”Home base” to help organize in classroom
  • Case study: 11-year-old male, difficult planning/organizing, needs help with social pragmatic language skills
Decrease Undesirable Physical, Verbal and Other Inappropriate Behaviors
  • Turn noncompliance and oppositional behavior around
  • Applied behavioral analysis techniques
  • Token economy systems
  • Functional behavioral assessment made easy
  • Case study: 10-year-old male, impulsive, engages in stealing behaviors
Manage Anxiety and Specific Phobias
  • Cognitive Behavioral and Coping Cat Training
  • Recognize emotional and physical reactions to anxiety
  • Clarifying thoughts and feelings in anxious situations
  • Develop plans for effective coping
  • Evaluate performance and giving self-reinforcement
  • Case study: 9-year-old male, generalized anxiety disorder, and school phobia
Decrease Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors
  • Decipher symptoms of OCD vs ASD
  • CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Mapping OCD
  • Creating the exposure hierarchy
  • Relapse prevention and family sessions
  • Case study: 22-year-old female, excessive hand washing with fear of illness
Reduce Depressive Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation
  • Psychosocial interventions: Experiential activities with practice time
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapies
  • Mindfulness-based therapies
  • Family therapies
  • Social and vocational programs
  • Case study: 15-year-old male, hates school and has a plan, intent, and timeline for suicide
Sexuality and Sexual Behavior Challenges
  • Body awareness and exploration of self
  • Sexual arousal, puberty and sex education
  • Address dating and sexual relationships
  • Education on masturbation and pornography
  • Gender Identity and LGBTQ
  • Case study: 14-year-old male, frequent masturbation and stalking behaviors
Psychopharmacological Interventions
  • Commonly prescribed medications
  • Medication efficacy
  • Risks vs. benefits
  • Case study: 17-year-old male, flat affect, on medication for ADHD and anxiety
Special Considerations
  • Trauma: Similarities and differences with ASD
  • Independent living and career planning
  • Guardianship and legal issues
  • Multicultural and gender differences
  • Limitations of research and potential risks
  • Case study: 5-year-old male, adopted overseas with no birth or developmental history
  • Case study: 19-year-old female, living at home with mom, no job, and never diagnosed with ASD
Ethical Challenges in Autism
  • Guidelines for assessment, treatment, and consultation
  • Welfare of the individual
  • Informed consent
  • Use of restraints
  • Time-out vs. seclusion
  • Case study: 8-year-old male, screaming, standing on top of table with scissors in his hand
Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Special Education Teachers
  • General Education Teachers
  • School-based Personnel
  • Behavioral Intervention Specialists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Nurses
  • Youth Leaders
  • Probation Officers
  • Clergy
  • Other helping professionals who work with children/adolescents/young adults


Cara Marker Daily, PHD, BCBA,, is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She works directly with educators, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, BCBAs and other professionals. Dr. Daily is the president and training director of Daily Behavioral Health, a leading behavioral health provider in northeast Ohio specializing in assessment, consultation, and treatment of autism, anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders. She is the founder and executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center, which has received numerous grants to provide free and reduced cost applied behavioral analysis services to individuals with autism.

Dr. Daily has written several cognitive-behavioral and behavioral-based curriculums focusing on teaching daily living skills to children with autism and published a peer-reviewed journal article supporting evidence for success of these programs. She has presented nationally on topics of autism, disruptive behaviors disorders, anxiety and chronic health conditions in the pediatric population. Dr. Daily has been featured in radio, television, and other media platforms in northeast Ohio. She is the author of The Key to Autism: An Evidence-Based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2016).

Dr. Daily received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Daily is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Fairview Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Christian Association of Psychological Studies.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cara Marker Daily is the president/training director for Daily Behavioral Health, Inc. She is the founder/executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center. She is a compensated consultant for Rethink Autism. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Cara Marker Daily has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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This seminar includes 3.0 hours of general ethics instruction. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.

This activity is designed to qualify for 12.5 continuing education hours.

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Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 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.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This course qualifies for 15.2 Contact Hours.

Psychologists & Psychiatrists

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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New York Psychologists: This live activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
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New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Other Professions
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