Updates in Autism: Creating Comprehensive Programming Based on Current Evidence

January 24, 2014 8:30am - 4:00pm

Attendees must register and submit payment in advance 

This event is open to OT/PT/SLP.

This course is approved for 6 CEUs, TOTA, TSHA, TPTA.

Speaker:  Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

The fee for this course is $29.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Course Location:

Magnuson Grand Hotel
formerly The Ambassador Hotel
3100 I-40 West 
Amarillo, TX 79102
806-358-6161 ‎

Course Description:

Given the rapid evolution and emergence of information related to diagnosis, assessment and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, formulating effective comprehensive intervention plans can be quite challenging.  Join Jennifer Lawson, occupational therapist, for a full day of training dedicated to exploring the complexities of Autism Spectrum Disorder, in order to maximize the use of evidence based practice in assessment and intervention with children and their families.  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.

Current statistics regarding the prevalence & incidence of ASD, trends in diagnosis, as well as the potentially related genetic & environmental factors will be discussed. Course participants will learn tools for implementation of evidence-based programs, practices, and interventions – those that have an established research base, as well as those that are emerging as promising practice.  This training will also focus on how we, as healthcare professionals, can support families through our interventions as well as community resources, and how we can encourage and support a proactive approach as children move into adolescence and young adulthood.

Regardless of your professional role in the life of a child with ASD, this training will provide you with a valuable framework and a variety of skills and resources to pull from in order to do what you do more effectively and more confidently.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will/will be able to:

  1. Discuss the most updated information about the prevalence and incidence of ASD, as well as the current evidence related to potential genetic and environmental factors.
  2. Identify intervention strategies with a solid evidence base, those with an emerging body of evidence, as well as those that have been deemed ineffective in the treatment of ASD.
  3. Begin to utilize clinical reasoning to evaluate intervention plans in place for children with whom they are currently working, in order to fill in gaps in current intervention, to re-prioritize as needed, and to enhance overall effectiveness and comprehensiveness.
  4. Utilize resources provided to support their own continued development in the understanding and application of evidence-based strategies, and to assist families/caregivers in making informed choices and decisions about programming.

About Our Speaker:

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

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.

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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