Autism: Understanding the Internal Experience of the Individual

02/02/24, 9:00 am - 11:00 am


  • Five Class Objectives

    • Understand the importance of shifting from the “deficit” model of autism to the “difference” model and the application of the social model of disability

    • Be able to understand the “why” behind the DSM-5-TR criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (shifting perspective from what people see on the outside to the individual’s experience of the symptoms)

    • Learn common flags in adults that would prompt a screen for the presence of autism

    • Develop increased ability to distinguish between panic/anxiety attacks and meltdowns

    • Understand the important regulatory function of stims, special interests, meltdowns and shutdowns in autistic individuals in order to reduce shame around these behaviors

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