After the Diagnosis

After the Diagnosis: What Every Parent Needs To Know About How To Help Their Child With Autism

After the diagnosis, parents need to develop a plan of action to help their child achieve the best possible outcomes. This workshop is designed for primarily for parents and professionals who work with children with autism to develop a comprehensive and effective plan of action for the child and the family.

During this workshop, a wide range of topics will be presented that will help the parent identify specific issues that they will encounter and steps they can take to ensure that their child is receiving the best possible services for their child. Parents will learn how to identify skills the child needs to learn, how to measure and track the child's skill development, and how to teach critical language and social interaction skills. The elements of an effective Individualized Education Plan (IEP) based upon the child's current skill will be reviewed. 

Parents will learn how to evaluate the wide variety of treatment recommendations made by various professionals and how to identify the characteristics of effective consultants and instructors. Examples will be presented about methods to motivate a child to actively participate in both structured learning activities and how to capture teachable moments that occur during routine daily activities. An analysis of common disruptive behaviors will be reviewed along with a description of intervention strategies to reduce those behaviors.

This workshop will include videotape demonstrations of the implementation of treatment for several young children at a variety of developmental levels. Information regarding the analysis of skill acquisition problems, and evaluation of educational placement options will be presented.

A "down-to-Earth" discussion about dealing with the impact on the family related to the issues centered regarding the intervention for the child with delays will be conducted. Parents and siblings need to arrange family and community support systems so they take care of their own needs so they can fully support the intervention for the child and celebrate the child's accomplishments.

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify research that is often cited to substantiate the need for intensive behavioral intervention for young children with autism
  • Describe the critical components of discrete trial instructional methodology
  • Identify at least two common problems that are related to the failure of students to make adequate progress in the development of critical learner skills
  • Identify how motivational issues are related to the acquisition of language skills
  • Describe how social reinforcement variables are related to the development of spontaneous language
  • Describe how to directly shape critical social interaction skills
  • Identify critical skills that are required by parents to be able to effectively teach new skills to their child during daily activities
  • Describe critical factors in the determination of an effective educational environment for young children with an autism spectrum disorder