The Spectrum of Treatments for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Friday, December 06, 2019
, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
The Spectrum of Treatments for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Karen Levine, Ph.D.

With one in 59 children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum disorder, mental health providers are increasingly encountering children on the spectrum in their work. There is considerable disagreement about how to treat these children. It is a daunting task to learn about the range of treatments, their relationships to 'non autism specific' treatments, and to determine what would most benefit a particular child at a given time for a specific challenge. With a current emphasis on Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in the face of large amounts of complicated and conflicting evidence, mental health providers are faced with complicated challenges as they work to support children and families.

This workshop provides an overview with illustrative video clips of a spectrum of treatment approaches for children with ASD including forms of ABA, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and DIR/Floortime. Philosophical underpinnings, research support and commonalities and differences will be presented. Emerging approaches including Drama Based social skills treatment and Developmental Behavioral Treatment for anxiety will also be discussed and illustrated with video.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the philosophical underpinnings and research support for ABA, ESDM and DIR/Floortime
  • Describe the commonalities and differences across these 3 approaches
  • Describe drama based social skills treatment for teens with ASD
  • Describe emerging treatment for anxiety in children with ASD
  • Describe applications of treatment in mental health practices and in schools

Dr. Karen Levine received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.

She is currently Director of Helping Children with Challenges A Private practice that provides diagnostic, treatment, consultation and workshops for Early Interventions, schools, agencies and families regarding children with Autism, Williams syndrome, anxiety and other developmental challenges.

Dr. Levine was also the Clinical Director of autisms services for the North Shore ARC.

She is a Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Adjunct Faculty member at Lesley University

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