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

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Faculty:
Daniel Marston
Duration:
6 Hours 3 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 19, 2019

Description

This recording 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 recording 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!

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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 request
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
Research, Risks and Limitations

Faculty

Daniel Marston, PhD, ABPP Related seminars and products: 1


Daniel Marston, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an expert in the field of behavioral psychology. He is board-certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He has been an adjunct faculty member for several traditional and online graduate programs and is an article reviewer for two academic journals.

For over 25 years, Dr. Marston has been treating clients with autism, anxiety, depression, ODD, ADHD, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and neurobehavioral disorders. He conducts hundreds of behavioral evaluations per year for children and adolescents and works daily with school and community professionals, families and parents.

Dr. Marston is the owner of Marston Psychological Services, in North Huntingdon, PA, where he provides therapy for children, adolescents and families, testing and evaluations, school consultation and behavioral healthcare supervision. Dr. Marston presents and publishes nationally on the topics of autism, disruptive behavior disorders, ODD and behavior therapy. He has a strong focus on practical implementations of empirical research findings into behavioral interventions. Dr. Marston teaches professionals who work with children and adolescents, practical treatment and intervention strategies.

His new book, Autism and Independence: Assessments and Interventions to Prepare Teens for Adult Life, was published in April 2019 (PESI Publishing & Media). This game-changing guide is filled with proven strategies and skill building exercises for a population often overlooked. Dr. Marston’s book, Comparative Psychology for Clinical Psychologists and Therapists, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London, focuses on the practical applications of cross-species empirical and behavioral research for clinical settings.

He also presents at national conferences and in professional publications on the topic of the impact of poverty on behavioral functioning.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Daniel Marston is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Daniel Marston is a Fellow, American Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology; Fellow, Pennsylvania Psychological Association; and member of the American Psychological Association.