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Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDDs) and Adverse Life Experiences

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Jerrod Brown, PhD


Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDDs) and Adverse Life Experiences

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and intellectual disabilities (ID) are common disorders that can contribute to cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and social deficits. and challenges for impacted individuals. They are likely to disproportionately experience trauma relative to the general population. This 3-hour training provides attendees with a working understanding of the diagnostic features and consequences of neurodevelopmental disorders and the impact trauma exposure has on this population. Implications for screening and intervention are discussed. Other related topics grounded in empirical research findings and case studies are included. This course is also included in the Trauma-Informed Care Webinar Package.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify common neurodevelopmental disorders.
  2. Recognize behavioral, emotional, social, and physical health consequences associated with trauma exposure among persons with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  3. List ways that exposure to early life traumatic experiences contribute to executive function limitations, attachment disruptions, sleep disturbances, Theory of Mind (ToM) deficits, language problems, and HPA Axis dysregulation among persons diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder.
  4. Differentiate screening and intervention options appropriate for clients diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder.
  5. Identify the existing empirical research on neurodevelopmental disorders and trauma exposure.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to advanced-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
  • Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
  • CE Broker course code: 20-796103

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 02239. 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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