Description Of The Wisdom of Autism
Good therapists working with young children on the autism spectrum can take on many roles at once: clinician, educator, interpreter, and advocate. They know how to break social and emotional skills into pragmatic pieces, contrive situations to facilitate connection and resilience, and become experts in the essentials of effective communication. But entering into a child with autism’s world and connecting isn’t always easy. In this recording, we’ll explore the skills and perspectives that can lead to breakthroughs with children on and off the spectrum.
- Utilize tools that help regulate an autistic child’s physiological systems and improve their level of functioning.
- Evaluate how a child on the spectrum creates and sustains their social constructs to inform treatment planning.
- Implement perspectives on neuroatypical strengths in clients for purposes of psychoeducation.
- Articulate the various pieces that comprise effective communication with others and how it relates to clients’ levels of functioning.
Communication with Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Pieces of Communication
- Communication with Toddlers
Diagnostic Criteria for ASD
- Diagnostic Criteria
- Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
- Verbal Behavioral Therapy Techniques
- Attachment in Early Childhood
- Functional Behavior Assessments
Symptoms & Diagnosis in Clinical Practice
Social Constructionist Theory
- Video 1: Potty Training
- Video 2: Potty Training
Sensory Processing Perspective
- Sensory Processing Theory
- Psychotherapist as Container for Tension
Critical Disabilities Theory
- Treatment as Geared Towards Social Appropriateness
- What “Should Be” vs. “What Is”
- Questions & Discussion
- Addiction Counselors
- Social Workers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Other Behavioral Health Professionals
About Sandra Van Nest
Sandra Van Nest, LCSW, is a psychotherapist for children and their families, with a background in training, supervision, and curriculum design for autism and mental health services. She owns Piece by Piece Therapeutics, a child, family and group practice in New Jersey.
Financial: Sandra Van Nest maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sandra Van Nest has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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