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Free event on Saturday, April 2, in honour of World Autism Day!
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) now affects 1 in 58 people, with diagnosed rates continuing to dramatically increase. Due to the many challenges of living with autism, which can include communication, sensory, behaviour and daily living skills, people with autism are often unable to communicate pain, maintain their own health & daily hygiene, show super heightened responses to sensory inputs and tolerate the “regular” healthcare environment.
Medical, health, safety and daily living manifestations go undetected and untreated, far more than the general population. This program will help understand the reasons for preventative measures and caregiving requirements for the many common manifestations as a result of living with ASD. We will delve into dealing with challenging behaviours and communication barriers as a result of living with autism, as well as the impact for your role of being an “Autism Care Specialist."
WHEN: April 2, 2016
WHERE: SEIU Healthcare Learning Centre at 125 Mural Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1M4
TIME: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Participation in this event is volunteer. Lunch and all educational materials will be provided. A certificate of completion will be given.
How autism impacts the patient, the family and your role as a healthcare provider Autism Care Specialist
Information about how characteristics of ASD influence communication and behaviour, and how those characteristics result in deficits in self-care for the person living with ASD. Issues reviewed will include skills needed for effective communication and why and when these are impaired for people with ASD.
How to understand sensory issues and adapted environments
Sensory differences that may be present in children/youth/adults with ASD will be reviewed as well as behaviours that may be related to over-responsiveness/under-responsiveness to sensory input as well as sensorimotor integration issues that may impact motor planning and coordination. Information and strategies to support improved participation will be discussed.
How you can increase compliance, working with families, working with school teams and at your patient’s home
The link between ASD, behaviours and compliance. An exploration of basic principles of behaviour, including the nature of reinforcement, behaviour function, and how behaviour is strengthened to increase the likelihood it will happen again (or not happen again).
How to deal with challenging behaviours and overcome communication barriers when dealing with people with autism
Plans for behaviour change with ways to improve healthcare providers’ overall well-being, along with the well-being of the person with ASD, strategies for preventing problem behaviours, and what to do when problem behaviour occurs to reduce the likelihood of strengthening it or escalating, to help insure the health & safety of all involved.
How “Video Modelling” can be used successfully with autism
Information about intervention approaches to support communication development. Specifically, Video Modelling for the use of many health, medical and daily living aid related issues.
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