The Power of the Relationship: Supporting Engagement & Participation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

October 23, 2015 9:00am - 12:10pm

*This is a Closed Event for Therapy 2000 Employees Only*

This event is open to OT/ST/PT including OTAs, SLPAs and PTAs.

Approvals are pending for 3 CCUs from TPTA.

Approvals are granted for 3 CEUs from TOTA and 3 CEUS from TSHA.


Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Course Location:

Therapy 2000

9990 Richmond Ave

Houston, TX 77042

Course Description:

Given the increased availability of literature reviews and resources regarding evidence based practice in the assessment and treatment of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, practitioners no longer need to spend as much time and energy sifting through the research studies to determine what is most effective. However, there are a many established and emerging focused treatment options (from behavioral based interventions to visual supports to cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise), as well as intervention frameworks (from those that are primarily behavioral in nature to those more socially/relationally oriented).

Even with the current available resources, formulating effective comprehensive intervention plans can be quite challenging, given the unique needs of each child with ASD and his/her family. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and the intervention process must be active, fluid and dynamic.

Practitioners often identify “challenging behavior” as a primary concern when working with children with ASD. This 3-hour training will guide practitioners in answering questions such as the following:

* What can I do to make myself particularly effective in supporting children with ASD?

* What strategies are most effective for proactively enhancing motivation, cooperation and participation?

* How do I establish rapport and build relationship? Why is this so important? Why do certain strategies work?

* What do I do when the inevitable “challenging behavior” does arise?

This training is appropriate for professionals who have at least a basic understanding of the features, needs, and challenges associated with the diagnosis of ASD and/or prior experience working with children with this diagnosis.


About Our Speaker:

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Clinical Program Director

Jennifer studied Psychology and Spanish as an undergraduate at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Indianapolis. She has worked in pediatrics since 1999 and is currently the Occupational Therapy Program Director & the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program Director for THERAPY 2000, a growing pediatric home health therapy company based in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer guides overall philosophy and delivery of OT programming, as well as therapist training and clinical development. She works with children and families, mentors other therapists, and coordinates the OT student program.

Jennifer’s main area of interest and expertise is in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. This interest and expertise was developed through experiences such as: working for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (North Carolina, with TEACCH and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center as resources); serving on an interdisciplinary team at Mason City Schools Early Childhood Center to develop specialized programming for children with ASD (near Cincinnati, Ohio, with support and resources through the Kelly O’Leary Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence), and serving as primary In-Home/Parent Trainer for McKinney ISD. Jennifer believes strongly in the importance and power of the therapeutic relationship, and provides mentoring and training in this area as well. Jennifer has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2006 and a yoga studio owner in the Dallas area since 2011

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will:

  1. Identify 2-3 available resources for assessment and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  2. Discuss the importance of establishing rapport, as well as 3 specific strategies to facilitate the development of trust and relationship.
  3. Identify personal/practitioner factors that impact effectiveness when working with children diagnosed with ASD.
  4. Describe a process/system to utilize when ‘challenging behavior’ does arise.



*This is a Closed Event for Therapy 2000 Employees Only*


“Based on our CEU application method, TSHA requires all speech professionals miss no more than 10 minutes of class to receive full credit. Partial credit is not available for speech therapistsIf you are late to class at start or after break by more than 10 minutes, no credit can be granted, although you are still warmly welcome to attend.”

Thank You for your understanding of this externally mandated requirement.

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