Intolerance for changes in routines and insistence on following compulsive rituals are an inherent part of autism. In some cases, these compulsive behavior patterns are intense and aggravated by lack of communication skills and other challenges, including features of the living and school or work environment. These problems often lead to emotional and behavioral outbursts that have restrictive consequences for the affected child or youth with autism, and create serious dilemma’s for parents, teachers and other care providers.
This webinar will discuss different types of repetitive behavior in autism, differences in obsessive and compulsive behavior in autism and typically developing children, and the relation of compulsive rituals to anxiety. In addition, the workshop will explore the biological and social bases for compulsive behavior in autism and strategies for preventing severe behavioral outbursts including meltdowns, aggression, property destruction and self-injury.
Among behavioral treatment strategies discussed will be exposure and response prevention, desensitization, cognitive behavioral techniques, habit reversal training and several very practical management strategies. Long-term solutions usually require an intervention plan based upon a careful functional behavioral assessment. Specific case examples will be discussed. In some cases, medications can enhance the effectiveness of behavioral interventions in severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in autism.
New for 2019: Dr. Thompson will discuss PANDAS and its relationship to OCD.
1.The participant will be able to describe the central features of autism.
2. Attendees will be able to describe Exposure and Response Prevention as an intervention for severe anxiety in autism.
3. The participant will be able to describe a serious risk of untreated repetitive compulsive behavior.
4. Attendees will be able to identify the most effective social treatment for many people with self injurious behavior.
5. Attendees will be able to describe the relationship between OCD and PANDAS.
Continuing Education and Professional Development:
- Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEs Live or Recording
- Psychologists: 3 CEs Live or Recording
- Social Workers/Certified Counselors: 3 CEs LIVE only
- Teachers/RBTs/Other professionals: This event may be eligible for continuing education or professional development hours. Speak with a representative at your organization or your supervisor for approval.
For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page
.Dr. Travis Thompson completed a doctorate in psychology with subspecialties in behavior analysis, neuroscience, child psychology and developmental disabilities. He has worked in medical settings as well as psychology departments and behavior analysis clinics most of his career (at Univ of Minnesota, Vanderbilt Univ. and Univ of Kansas Medical Center). As a doctoral student, he completed most of the first year of medical school course work and later directed a psychopharmacology training program at the Univ of Minnesota. He co-directed a major multiple disability research program at Vanderbilt University dealing with genetic contributions to disabilities. He worked in the Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience Autism Clinic at the University of Minnesota and directed a private community based early behavioral intervention program in Minneapolis, MN. His expertise includes working with complex cases of multiply caused severe behavior challenges in autism and other developmental disabilities. He is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota.
Presenter Disclosure Statement
Dr. Thompson is author, co-author and/or editor of books that are mentioned during some of his presentations for ABAC. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC.
10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes
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