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This course is designed to address the effectiveness of Interactive Metronome (IM) with the autism spectrum client. This course is divided in to two parts.

Part 1

Part I will address the client population and strategies to identify good candidates. This one-hour course will cover three main areas: 1) Which autistic clients are appropriate candidates for IM training; 2) Why you should consider intensively training the autistic client; and 3) IM Equipment settings for optimal performance with this population. Course material will be in power-point style with easy to reference lists and learning tools. Photographic and video examples will be presented to illustrate salient points and to reinforce learning.

  • CEUs

    This course is not offered for contact hours/CEUs.

  • Course Type

    On Demand Webinar

  • Price

    Free

Part 2

Part II will address training strategies for optimal performance. This one-hour course will cover three main areas: 1) Handling emotional outbursts and sensory overload with the autistic client; 2) Setting up the training environment for optimal performance; and 3) A sample client protocol and training. Course material will be in power-point style with easy-to-reference lists and learning tools. Photographic and video examples will be presented to illustrate salient points and to reinforce learning.

  • CEUs

    This course is not offered for contact hours/CEUs.

  • Course Type

    On Demand Webinar

  • Price

    Free

What You’ll Learn

Part 1:

  • Describe the rationale for incorporating interventions for timing & rhythm in the treatment of individuals who are on the autism spectrum;
  • Create and implement individualized and flexible treatment programs for individuals based upon clinical best practices in order to achieve optimal treatment outcomes;
  • Establish appropriate IM settings and adapt the program as indicated to facilitate progress

Part 2:

  • Implement appropriate strategies to prevent and manage sensory overload in the autism spectrum child;
  • Create a treatment environment for the autism spectrum child that promotes optimal performance and treatment outcomes;
  • Establish functional treatment goals for treatment of various mild cognitive and developmental delays in the clinic setting.

This course welcomes:

  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Speech and Language Pathology Assistant
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Licensed Medical, Rehabilitation or Mental Health Professional
  • Music Therapist

April Christopherson, OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for almost 20 years and has worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings – including home health, private clinic and in-patient rehabilitation. She is co-owner of Performance Advantage, LLC in Colorado Springs, CO where her current clientele range from pediatrics to adults to high-performance athletes. She believes in a whole, team approach to the client – including various medical professionals and therapists plus the use of functional neurology and metabolic/nutrition counseling.

April was granted her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from St Ambrose University in Davenport, IA in 1991. She obtained a BA in Psychology at the same time. She has furthered her education by taking courses and reading materials that foster her knowledge in helping clients recover neurological functioning from the lowest level to the higher cognitive and executive levels (such as Boehme Approach to Treatment of the Baby, Sensory Integration Clinics (various), The Listening Program, Alert Program, Treating Drug Affected Children, OT in the Schools, Benbow’s Loops and Other Groups, Marriage and Family Counseling, Nutrition, Studies in Neurology, and various other certification classes.) She uses IM as an intensive neurological treatment option for qualified clients and as an introductory functional treatment option for pediatrics.

Part 1

  • Speaker introduction & disclosure
  • Patience! What to know when working with a child with autism.
  • Research: Timing in Child Development
  • Assessment
  • How timing and rhythm with IM impacts a child with autism
  • Precautions: sensory processing
  • Set-up & structuring of the treatment environment
  • Pre-treatment with complementary treatment programs
  • Behavioral modification: motivating the child with autism to actively participate
  • Videos: case examples of clinical application
  • Q & A

Part 2

  • Speaker introduction & disclosure
  • Focus on abilities versus disabilities
  • Treatment planning for intensive intervention
  • Monitoring and adapting individual treatment plans for optimal success
  • Motivational strategies to encourage performance & outcomes
  • Videos: treatment activities, clinical rationale, & performance analysis
  • Sample treatment plan: frequency, intensity, goals, adaptations based upon unique needs of clients with autism
  • Online post-test & course evaluation
Description

What You’ll Learn

Part 1:

  • Describe the rationale for incorporating interventions for timing & rhythm in the treatment of individuals who are on the autism spectrum;
  • Create and implement individualized and flexible treatment programs for individuals based upon clinical best practices in order to achieve optimal treatment outcomes;
  • Establish appropriate IM settings and adapt the program as indicated to facilitate progress

Part 2:

  • Implement appropriate strategies to prevent and manage sensory overload in the autism spectrum child;
  • Create a treatment environment for the autism spectrum child that promotes optimal performance and treatment outcomes;
  • Establish functional treatment goals for treatment of various mild cognitive and developmental delays in the clinic setting.

This course welcomes:

  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Speech and Language Pathology Assistant
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Licensed Medical, Rehabilitation or Mental Health Professional
  • Music Therapist
Instructor

April Christopherson, OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for almost 20 years and has worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings – including home health, private clinic and in-patient rehabilitation. She is co-owner of Performance Advantage, LLC in Colorado Springs, CO where her current clientele range from pediatrics to adults to high-performance athletes. She believes in a whole, team approach to the client – including various medical professionals and therapists plus the use of functional neurology and metabolic/nutrition counseling.

April was granted her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from St Ambrose University in Davenport, IA in 1991. She obtained a BA in Psychology at the same time. She has furthered her education by taking courses and reading materials that foster her knowledge in helping clients recover neurological functioning from the lowest level to the higher cognitive and executive levels (such as Boehme Approach to Treatment of the Baby, Sensory Integration Clinics (various), The Listening Program, Alert Program, Treating Drug Affected Children, OT in the Schools, Benbow’s Loops and Other Groups, Marriage and Family Counseling, Nutrition, Studies in Neurology, and various other certification classes.) She uses IM as an intensive neurological treatment option for qualified clients and as an introductory functional treatment option for pediatrics.

Agenda

Part 1

  • Speaker introduction & disclosure
  • Patience! What to know when working with a child with autism.
  • Research: Timing in Child Development
  • Assessment
  • How timing and rhythm with IM impacts a child with autism
  • Precautions: sensory processing
  • Set-up & structuring of the treatment environment
  • Pre-treatment with complementary treatment programs
  • Behavioral modification: motivating the child with autism to actively participate
  • Videos: case examples of clinical application
  • Q & A

Part 2

  • Speaker introduction & disclosure
  • Focus on abilities versus disabilities
  • Treatment planning for intensive intervention
  • Monitoring and adapting individual treatment plans for optimal success
  • Motivational strategies to encourage performance & outcomes
  • Videos: treatment activities, clinical rationale, & performance analysis
  • Sample treatment plan: frequency, intensity, goals, adaptations based upon unique needs of clients with autism
  • Online post-test & course evaluation

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