Behavioral Treatment and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

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Lauren Charlot, LICSW, PhD, Director Intellectual Disabilities Services, UMass Medical Center, Worcester, MA.

In this recording, the basic elements of behavior support plan development will be reviewed with specific attention to the use of behavioral treatment techniques with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some brief discussion of the core features of ASDs will set the stage for a more detailed examination of treatment options for challenging behaviors such as aggression and self-injurious behavior. The impact of co-occurring mental health disorders will also be considered, with some focus on the impact of anxiety and the use of preventive strategies to reduce anxiety driven escape maintained behaviors. Of particular interests is the use of preventive techniques based on assessments of more remote antecedents or "setting events." The significance of impairments in functional communication will also be reviewed. Participants will be provided with 2 example plans and case examples will be used to illustrate concepts.

Produced in 2010