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.
- Define autism spectrum disorder.
- Identify adverse life experiences including their consequences and red-flag indicators.
- Recognize the role of ASD in exposure to adverse life experiences.
- List the screening and intervention implications of ASD and adverse life experiences as it relates to occupational therapy practitioners.
- Identify cutting-edge research studies and relevant case studies.
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.
Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
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