Increasing Capabilities in Adults with Aspergers Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Presenter: Judith Belk, PhD, CCC-SLP, CCC-A
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Adults diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder, once they begin on a path to explore how to operate more successfully in this quite noisy, socially competitive world, may be advised to consult clinicians about overly sensitive hearing, difficulty regulating attention, and numerous co-morbid issues, including anxiety, depression, limited goal-setting skills and poor ability to understand social cues. This course will examine a variety of approaches to reducing specific challenges. To provide effective services, clinicians may need to explore therapies not only developed by colleagues from their own profession but also from related professions and may need to work in a multidisciplinary fashion in behalf of the client.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe initial presenting concerns of individuals later diagnosed with attention, auditory processing and co-existing deficits
  • Identify major deficits in attention regulation and auditory processing particularly in the Asperger's Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder population
  • Describe various therapeutic approaches for attention regulation and auditory processing disorders identified in the Asperger's Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder population.
Additional Information
This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
10 minutes: Introduction: The clients and their presenting issues.  Clients diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder who seek help with auditory processing and attention
30 minutes: Assessing auditory processing and attention skills
65 minutes: Selecting and designing therapies for this population
30 minutes: Introduction to the WINS model
30 minutes: Introduction to MRT cognitive behavioral therapy program and its use with our clients
15 minutes:  Closing summary

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Judith Belk is a speaker for and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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