Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Intervention Strategies and Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour?
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This workshop is designed for occupational, physical and speech therapists, psychologists, other professionals and parents.
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Intervention Strategies for Sensory, Motor and Sensory-based Behavioral Components Across the Lifespan.
Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour? Changing Behaviours to Improve Functional Performance and Participation
This 4 day workshop gives participants an in-depth knowledge of: ASD and other sensory based diagnosis; Intervention strategies and the tools to analyse if it is Sensory or Behaviour; strategies to intervene and develop programs that will change behaviours and improve functional performance and participation.
The first two days are designed to help participants understand the individual with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other diagnosis with sensory based components; design appropriate treatment plans and to learn many treatment techniques that are effective for hands on intervention or consultation. Both courses are designed for therapists, however, parents, teachers, carers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals have found the material very valuable. Carolyn Murray-Slutsky and Betty Paris skilfully use a layering system to guide participants to a deep understanding of the complexities of sensory integrative and behaviours seen in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Participant’s knowledge of the characteristics and current theories that relate to Autism Spectrum Disorders and other diagnosis with sensory based components will be expanded. We will look in- depth at many of the sensory, motor, functional and learning difficulties encountered by our clients. We will draw from theories of sensory integration, neuro-developmental treatment, behavioural intervention, medical models, learning strategies and traditional functional therapy in order to identify the underlying problems and most effective intervention strategies for various environments across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on both identifying the underlying problem as well as the most effective intervention strategies to improve participation.
Videos and case presentations will be used to identify the underlying sensory integrative problems; drive home the inter-relationships between sensory, behavioural, communication and neurodevelopmental issues and help participants prioritize the underlying and primary problem(s). Case studies offered by participants will also be utilized. Specific intervention strategies will clearly be identified for use at home, group homes, school, day cares, clinics, work, sheltered workshops or other environments.
Day 3 and 4 will delve into the confusing and challenging behaviours that children and adults often demonstrate; addressing the question Is it sensory or is it behaviour? This course is designed for therapists, however, parents, teachers, carers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals have found the material very valuable. Carolyn Murray-Slutsky and Betty Paris skilfully use a layering system to guide participants to a deep understanding of the complexities of sensory and communication based behaviours.
Videos, instructor case presentations and Case studies offered by participants will be used to analyse why individuals behave the way they do, sort out sensory based problems from other causes, and design intervention strategies to address the underlying problems. Participants will learn to use sensory based interventions and positive behavioural strategies to reduce undesirable behaviours and facilitate effective coping strategies in the individual. Focus will be on remediating the individual’s core problem while identifying the most effective strategies to meet the individual’s emotional, sensory and behavioural needs. A flow chart and the behavioural analysis worksheet will be used to guide the analysis process and objectify clinical observations.
Specific intervention strategies will clearly be identified for use at home, group homes, school, day cares, clinics, work, sheltered workshops or other environments.