This training is designed to deliver strategies and understanding gathered during 25 years of clinical use by the National Autism Academy’s Clinical Director, Tim Wahlberg, Ph.D. The material is delivered in an easy to digest, simple style of learning. The training includes delivery of materials through reading, audio presentations, and video presentations that make learning fun and implementation easy. Become the “go to” expert on autism in your school or therapeutic community.
The Training Includes Classes on the following topics:
Class 1: The Perspective that Works: Introduction to Autism
This class provides introductory principles and frameworks on autism for mental health practitioners working with ASD diagnosed children and adults.
You will gain specific perspectives that will serve as a guide and assist you to more easily establish a protocol that will support your client’s success, increase your confidence in working with and support an individual with autism in your practice, and help you to leverage therapeutic strategies to support the individual’s growth.
Class 2: Understanding and Managing Autistic Behavior
This class provides the basics of how autistic brain neurology is linked to the behavior and the thinking of the person on the autism spectrum.
Neurological regulation supports the person with autism’s ability to stay calm and regulated emotionally.
This is the 2nd class in the series of 9, and will lay the groundwork for you in understanding and managing behavior through neurological regulation, as well as to help you to create more effective interventions to change behavior and ultimately create more success for your client.
Class 3: The ASD Clients View of the World: Strategies for Effective Connection
The purpose of this class is to provide an understanding of common thinking patterns that arise as a result of the neurological architecture of the brain of children with autism, and through which their understanding of the world is filtered.
We will discuss how these ways of thinking shape behavior. This will serve as a guide for you in understanding and managing behavior in your office, and help you create effective interventions.
Class 4: Managing the Problems of a Social Disability
This class is designed to help you understand the pervasive types of social difficulties prevalent in individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as how those social challenges develop, and how they influence behavior.
This class will also teach strategies to help the individual overcome those challenges.
Class 5: Motivating Children with Autism
This class will provide a clear understanding of why individuals with autism are not motivated like those without autism, as well as offering strategies to motivate the individual with autism to comply with requests, complete tasks, and follow the rules.
This will support the therapist’s efforts to stimulate interest and participation, gain cooperation, and increase compliance in general.
Class 6: Understanding and Conquering the Executive Functioning Deficits
The purpose of this class is to help you recognize the pervasive nature of the executive functioning deficit of individuals with autism, the many ways it influences behavior and success, and also serve as a guide for you in establishing treatment strategies that will increase your ASD clients’ success in therapy and in their life.
This will support you by boosting your confidence and success in working with a client with autism in your practice.
Class 7: Why Communicating Effectively is so Difficult and How to Make it Easier
This class will provide strategies for effective communication, tips about how to teach abstract concepts, and an explanation of why meaning gets lost in the minds of individuals with ASD.
Implementing these approaches will increase the likelihood that the client’s overall comprehension will be better, thus improving their ability to respond appropriately, which will help the individual become more functional in all environments.
Class 8: A Successful Therapeutic Model For Autism Treatment
The purpose of this class is to define the therapeutic model that is successful in treating autism, and discuss how autism treatment may differ from conventional treatment models.
Class 9: Diagnosing Autism
The purpose of this class is to support the clinical practitioner, or those in a position to diagnose autism in an individual, in recognizing the subtle signs that an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis would be more appropriate than other diagnoses.
Higher functioning individuals are often mis-diagnosed, especially younger children in whom it is difficult to tease out the social difficulties, or receive several other diagnoses when a diagnosis of ASD would serve their treatment needs more effectively.
When you purchase the training, you receive 1-year access to the on-line materials, On-line access to Office Hours to ask questions and receive implementation support, and the opportunity to complete a certification module to be certified by the National Autism Academy.
*Professional CE Credits may be available depending upon your discipline and accrediting body.