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.
- Identify common neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Recognize behavioral, emotional, social, and physical health consequences associated with trauma exposure among persons with neurodevelopmental disorders.
- 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.
- Differentiate screening and intervention options appropriate for clients diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder.
- Identify the existing empirical research on neurodevelopmental disorders and trauma exposure.
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.
Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
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.
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