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 Autism Caregiver Training -- exclusively designed -- for the Nursing Profession​

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) now affects 1 in 36, with diagnosed rates continuing to dramatically increase. Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in North America (Autism Speaks, 2023) Due to the many challenges of living with Autism, including : communication; sensory; behavior; gross motor; fine motor; daily living skills and more – this segment of the population is often unable to communicate pain, unable to maintain their own health & daily hygiene, show super heightened responses to sensory inputs and often cannot 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 for and caregiving requirements for the many common manifestations as a result of living with ASD. We will delve into dealing with challenging behaviors and communication barriers as a result of living with Autism, as well as the impact for your role of being an “Autism Care Specialist.”


Topics include:


• Biomedical Considerations
• Autism – what it is – what it means
• Acceptance & Awareness
• Your Role as an Autism Care Specialist
• Increased safety issues = 24/7 supervision
• Therapies (IBI,ABA, Floortime, SonRise, RDI, etc.)
• Reinforcement, rewards, reinforcement schedules
• Speech … speech and more speech
• PECS, Sign, Visuals
• OT
• Sensory considerations
• Social inclusion and modeling considerations
• Behavior
• Daily living skills / compliance at home
• Eating / sleeping / toileting
• playtime therapy
• Video modelling
• The environment = adapted medical/healthcare environments = having an autism friendly practice/environment
• The school system
• Working with support teams = the family / the therapy team / the school team
• Safety = Evacuation … Crisis Management … De-Escalation Techniques
• Advocacy … advocacy and more advocacy
• Seizures
• Working with the medical industry
• All the way to adults with autism
• So now you’re an Autism Care Specialist = marketing your practise / marketing yourself
• Involvement and contribution in the world of autism

LEARNING OBJECTIVES :

• Learn what Autism is, how it impacts the person, the family and your role as a Healthcare Service Provider Specialist.

This presentation is intended to provide information about how characteristics of ASD influence communication & behavior 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 children/youth/adults with ASD, difficulties can occur.

• Learn how to understand Sensory Issues and Adapted Environments.

This presentation will include information about sensory differences that may be present in children/youth/adults with ASD. It will include a review of behaviors 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.

• Learn how you can increase compliance – working with families – working with school teams – and at the ASD person’s home.

The link between ASD, behaviors and compliance. This presentation explores basic principles of behavior, including the nature of reinforcement, behavior function, and how behavior is strengthened to increase the likelihood it will happen again (or not happen again).

• Learn how to deal with challenging behaviors and overcome communication barriers when dealing with people with Autism.

This presentation will include plans for behavior change with ways to improve healthcare providers’ overall well-being along with the well-being of the person with ASD; strategies for preventing problem behaviors; and lastly, what to do when problem behavior occurs to reduce the likelihood of strengthening it or escalating, to help insure the health & safety of all involved.

• Learn how “Video Modelling” can be used successfully with Autism.

This presentation will include general information about this intervention approach to support communication development.

• Learn – now that you are a “Autism Care Specialist” – now what ?

This presentation will consider your (hopeful) future increased involvement with the world of Autism.

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