Autism Primer in Early Intervention and Pre-School
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Course intent: To provide speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists and other disciplines with the clinical background to understand the clinically relevant issues regarding Autism so as to implement appropriate therapeutic intervention in the fine & gross motor, adaptive, cognitive, speech, and social emotional domains, as well as management and prevention of hand and sensory dysfunction.
Relevance to occupational, speech language pathology, physical therapy & other early intervention providers: Aforementioned disciplines therapists and other early intervention providers treating children between the ages of 0-3 are on the front line of treating children with Autism, especially when visiting the home in the early intervention setting.
Provider will be able to: Identify what autism is, its causes, and classification
Provider will be able to: Understand the “autism spectrum” in the historical context of the disease, and it pandemic demographic prevalence to early childhood
Provider will be able to: Identify the subdivisions comprising the medical terms: “Pervasive Developmental Disorder,” and its new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
Provider will be able to: Identify the difference between “autism spectrum disorders” and “PDD” and how the new DSM V diagnosis of “Pragmatic Communication Disorder”
Provider will be able to: Identify risk factors, signs & symptoms, common conditions and learn to perform screenings so as to detect young children with autism
Provider will be able to: Identify the new diagnostic criteria as they relate to occupational therapy, and how a lack of social-emotional reciprocity is a featured characteristic
Provider will be able to: Identify concepts such as fixed and ritualistic and restricted behavior and unusual eating behaviors, stereotypy, and sensory abnormalities
Provider will be able to: Identify the prognosis, management, and imperative value of early intervention services in the physical, language, adaptive, and cognitive domains as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics
Provider will be able to: Identify the values of applied behavior analysis and other therapeutic interventions as they related to your specific discipline therapy.
Provider will be able to: Identify the value of physical, occupational, speech therapists and other early intervention providers as part of a team and transdisciplinary approach toward evidence based management of autism
Speech Language Pathology
Classification Code & Content area: Level: Varied; Subject Code: 1050 Autism Spectrum Disorders; Content Area: Professional
Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Speech teachers and Audiologists, Occupational Therapists and COTA's, PT, PTA, SW, SI/SE
Course Level: Introductory & Intermediate
Occupational Therapy: Classification Code:
Domain of Occupational Therapy:
Areas of Occupation - Client Factors
Performance Skills: Sensory – Perceptual skills, communication & Social Skills, Emotional
Regulation skills, Cognitive skills
Performance Patterns: Person: Routines, Rituals & Roles
Organization: routines, Rituals & Roles; Introductory
Occupational Therapy Process
Evaluation: Occupational Profile; Analysis of Occupational Performance; Intervention; Plan
Professional Issues; Contemporary Issues; Evidenced Based Practice
Target level: All level of interventionists
- What is Autism
- Causes of Autism
- Autism & Vaccines
- What is the ‘Autism Spectrum?’
- How Prevalent is Autism?
- Is Autism an Epidemic?
- Economic Cost of Autism
- What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder?
- What is the new Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder diagnosis?
- Risk Factors for Autism
- What are the Signs & Symptoms of Autism?
- Autism Screening: What Characteristics Suggest Autism in Infants, Toddlers, and Three-to-Five year Olds?
- Conditions Common to Autism
- How is Child Autism Diagnosed?
- Prognosis Management Medications
- Post Diagnosis: Proactive Family Involvement Early Intervention
- What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
- Other Therapeutic Approaches Strategies
- Note of Caution: Beware of Duplicitous Treatments