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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Jerrod Brown, PhD


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects 1 in 54 children in America (CDC, 2020). Although symptoms can vary in type and severity, individuals on this spectrum often struggle in social settings (e.g., communication deficits), exhibit restricted and/or repetitive behaviors or interests, and may not perform well in school, work, or other settings. Relative to the general population, individuals with ASD are also at greater risk of adverse life experiences such as being bullied, exploited, victimized, and abused (i.e., verbally, physically, or sexually) along with other forms of maltreatment. Designed for professionals, this 3-hour training serves to highlight the consequences of adverse life experiences on individuals with ASDs. Other related topics covered include theory of mind, empathy, parenting stress, emotion regulation, behavioral regulation, internalizing psychopathology, externalizing psychopathology, substance use, and self-harm. The presenter also discusses implications for screening and intervention.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define autism spectrum disorder.
  2. Identify adverse life experiences including their consequences and red-flag indicators.
  3. Recognize the role of ASD in exposure to adverse life experiences.
  4. List the screening and intervention implications of ASD and adverse life experiences as it relates to occupational therapy practitioners.
  5. Identify cutting-edge research studies and relevant case studies.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, and other professionals
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
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  • Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
  • CE Broker course code: 20-856839

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 03264. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.3 CEUs, Intermediate Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Photo of Jerrod Brown, PhD, Sensational Brain Presenter

Jerrod Brown, PhD, is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. He is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today. Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; confabulation, suggestibility, trauma, and other life adversities; traumatic brain injury; and youth firesetting. He has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Other Health Disabilities, and Traumatic-Brain Injuries. Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, He is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuropsychology from Ball State University with an anticipated date of graduation of fall 2022. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters and recently co-edited Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf, MA. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs.


  • Financial: Jerrod Brown receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC. He is compensated for his position as CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and receives royalties as a co-editor of Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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