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Certificate Course in Autism through the Spectrum – Cara Marker Daily
Autism can vary across the spectrum with symptoms, treatments and care being complex where your approach as a therapist CANNOT be a “one-strategy-fits-all” solution.
You may have infant clients who are possibly exhibiting delays, but you aren’t sure how to identify it so young in their development… Or you may work with more high-functioning clients with autism, but feel like the interventions you’re currently using aren’t fostering independence…
You’re worried the treatments could do more harm than good if you aren’t fully informed and up to date with the latest interventions which is why this new training was designed with you in mind, to bring you exactly what you’ve been waiting for… a comprehensive program that focuses on treating autism across the spectrum, for all ages!
This brand-new Certificate Course in Autism Through the Spectrum will show you how to establish successful independence for children, adolescents and adults. You’ll dive into:
- Evidence-based communication and social interventions
- Strategies to de-escalate behavior
- Essential tips to recognize triggers
- Activities to enhance change and replace negative behaviors
- And so much more!
With a combined 40+ years of experience, you’ll walk away with a comprehensive look into autism from early intervention with Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP to high-functioning individuals with Heather Dukes-Murray, PhD and everything in between including meltdowns with a unique perspective from international bestseller and speaker living with autism, Deborah Lipsky, M.Ed.
This online certificate program merges some of the missing elements in autism treatment, including how to recognize signs as early as infancy, and how to see it from your client’s perspective. Advance your knowledge and your practice, when you earn your Certificate in Autism through the Spectrum!
It’s not just about managing your client’s care anymore… now you can give your clients with autism the right tools to help them function socially, learn to self-regulate and ultimately live a full life more independently!
Module 1 :
Early Intervention for Autism:
Assessment & Treatment Strategies for Birth to 5
Feel confident you can recognize early and subtle signs of autism that are often missed in young children during this 6-hour session.
It’s difficult to tell if a child has the behavioral indicators of autism at such a young age, but what if you could catch them before they become deeply ingrained in a child’s neurological system? Stimming, sensory seeking, meltdowns, hyper-focusing, resistance to being held, underdeveloped communication, eating and sleeping challenges – these behaviors can be eradicated if you’re equipped with the right tools early on.
In Module 1, you’ll learn from world-renowned autism expert, Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, to effectively recognize, intervene and replace coping behaviors of infants and young children. Walk away with customizable treatment plans, strategies to work with families and other support networks, evidence-based techniques, the ability to identify red flags and a profound confidence to help the children in your care at such a young age – even as early as 9 months!
Their lives will never be the same, thanks to you.
In the first module of this online course, you’ll discover treatment techniques that effectively interrupt and replace the development of many ‘coping behaviors’ exhibited by children with autism (ages 0-5), such as:
- Sensory seeking/avoiding
- Reduced engagement
- Reduction of social reciprocity
- Resistance to cuddling/being held
- Eating/sleeping challenges
- Repetitive behaviors
- Under-developed communication
About Your Expert Trainer:
Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching and research experience with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She owns and manages a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on Early Intervention, autism and various other challenging conditions. A clinician at heart, Susan has personally provided treatment for children as young as nine months, on up. She has had the pleasure of working with some individuals and their families for over 20 years.
Susan is a national presenter teaching treatment strategies for autism to rehab professionals, mental health clinicians and educators. She provides autism trainings to First Responders (Crisis Intervention Teams, firefighters and EMT. Susan was the Director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps in Illinois, where trained first responders, transportation systems, park districts, small and large venues, nursing colleges, medical centers, parent groups and public school systems. Years of professional experience backs up her ability to speak on this subject with conviction and passion.
Module 2 :
Autism Spectrum Meltdowns
Effective Interventions for Sensory, Executive Function and Social-Emotional Communication
This 6-hour session gives you a unique understanding of meltdowns and how to develop a crisis intervention plan from an insider’s perspective.
Minor changes can trigger strong reactions in your client’s life, and when they have a meltdown, everything you do can either help calm them or make it worse. Deborah Lipsky shows you how to recognize personal triggers, provides strategies to intervene before, during and after a meltdown, and gives you a rare glimpse into how your autistic client might interpret certain situations, thanks to her professional knowledge and personal experiences of living with autism.
This intense session will help you design sensory friendly environments, understand common challenges, and improve overall function with your clients. You’ll walk away feeling confident you can de-escalate the situation, differentiate between a meltdown and a behavioral tantrum, and properly communicate certain dysfunctions (such as communication) to your clients.
Deborah will walk step-by-step through how to determine:
- What causes the unusually strong reactions of a meltdown?
- Can you see it coming?
- Is it a meltdown or a tantrum?
- Is it willful, manipulative behavior?
- Is ‘Fight or Flight’ the only option?
The individualized treatment and intervention plans you learn in this session can be the difference between calm and catastrophic!
About Your Expert Trainer:
Deborah Lipsky, M.Ed., is an accomplished presenter traveling the United States and Canada delivering seminars, presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses on understanding autism from an insider’s viewpoint. In 2005, she was awarded the Autism Society of Maine’s outstanding volunteer award, and in 2006, she became the recipient of the Temple Grandin award for “outstanding success in her life thereby being an inspiration to others.”
Mrs. Lipsky became an international bestseller with Managing Meltdowns (2010), a book based on her S.C.A.R.E.D. model, an intervention guide full of strategies to help first responders and anyone witnessing an individual with autism having a catastrophic reaction (meltdown). In her second book, From Anxiety to Meltdown (2011), the focus is on understanding anxiety and how it influences thoughts and behaviors in individuals on the spectrum. It also is the first book to truly distinguish the difference between tantrums and meltdowns and offers numerous strategies to deal with both. Mrs. Lipsky has also been featured in a documentary along with Temple Grandin called, “Making Our Way” which was produced for Maine Public Broadcasting Television by Dan Lambert. In 2015 the documentary about her life, “Living with Autism”, also produced by Dan Lambert, was released and is available on DVD.
Module 3 :
Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
It’s not just about managing the behaviors – successful independence is key!
Although high-functioning autism (HFA) may seem less severe than other forms, HFA can cause a lot of problems for your clients. Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, social and communication barriers, sensory overload… HFA can make it difficult for your clients to function, too, but in this 6-hour session, you’ll gain the tools you need to help your clients thrive!
Walk away with strategies to increase overall social-emotional success to help your clients build successful relationships with others, techniques to calm overstimulation, and interventions reduce anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and other addictions to things like technology. Plus, this training will dive into the effects of medications on your clients, and show you how to successfully approach life transitions and routine changes for those with HFA, which may also be helpful if adapted to other client types.
You’ll learn effective treatment strategies to address co-occurring conditions such as:
- Social and communication
- Psychotropic medications
Best of all – this session will help your clients manage their regulation, fears and behaviors overall to give them a better chance of independence after your care!
About Your Expert Trainer:
Heather Dukes-Murray, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Daily Behavioral Health. She specializes in assessing, diagnosing, and treating autism. Dr. Dukes-Murray conducts social skill groups for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic communication disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders. She also has significant experience treating children and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, behavior issues, and mental health difficulties associated with trauma exposure. Dr. Dukes-Murray provides effective treatment strategies and interventions utilizing evidence-based practices, clinical expertise, and client and parent input. In addition to her clinical skills, she excels at presenting complex information in a manner accessible to audiences with a variety of backgrounds and expertise levels. Dr. Dukes-Murray earned her Ph.D., in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2011.
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