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The prevalence of co-occurring mental health issues amongst individuals with ASD is four to six times higher than the general population, with research estimating that of those with ASD, between 40% and 74% will meet criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders. Common disorders include anxiety, depression, ADHD and phobias. This webinar will discuss the latest findings regarding these co-occurring conditions and how they manifest differently in individuals with ASD. Considerations for differential diagnosis using a behavior analytic approach, and how to implement effective, evidence-based treatments and improve long-term outcomes through professional and family collaboration will be discussed.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the most common types and prevalence rates of co-occurring mental health disorders amongst individuals with ASD;
2. Identify how these co-occurring disorders manifest differently in individuals with ASD as compared with the general population;
3. Utilize a behavior analytic framework for differential diagnosis;
4. Identify evidence-based interventions and curricula available to address these co-occurring mental health issues;
5. Identify considerations for effective multi-disciplinary and family collaboration.
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- Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEUs Live or Recording
- Psychologists: 3 CEs Live or Recording
- Social Workers and Certified Counselors: NA
- Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.
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1:00 pm: Introduction
1:05 pm: Presentation begins
2:30 pm: 10 minute break
2:40 pm: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
2:50 pm: Presentation resumes
3:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
4:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form
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Dr. Nicole Pearson is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) who has specialized in working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities for more than a decade. Dr. Pearson received her initial training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the Alpine Learning Group and went on to work in a number of other educational settings including The McCarton School, NYC Department of Education and most recently, NYC Autism Charter School where she served as Director of Education. She has also worked with autism programs internationally in Kenya and the Maldives.
Dr. Pearson holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed her certification in ABA through the University of North Texas. She also has a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University. Dr. Pearson completed a post-doctoral internship in the Behavioral Psychology Program at Westchester Institute for Human Development where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior including aggression, self-injury and feeding issues. While there, she was also a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program. While in New York, Dr. Pearson served on the Board of Directors for the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and the Junior Board of the NYC Autism Charter School. Relocating to Colorado in 2017, Dr. Pearson serves as the Director of Mental Health Services at The Joshua School and has her own practice, West Side Behavioral Associates, which provides consultation, evaluation and treatment services to schools and families.
Presenter Disclosure Statement:
The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangements or affiliation with any of the
products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk.
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