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Training for Professionals Serving Clients with ASD and Their Families

This training is designed to deliver strategies and understanding gathered during 25 years of clinical use by the National Autism Academy’s Clinical Director, Tim Wahlberg, Ph.D. The material is delivered in an easy to digest, simple style of learning. The training includes delivery of materials through reading, audio presentations, and video presentations that make learning fun and implementation easy. Become the “go to” expert on autism in your school or therapeutic community.

Class 1: The Perspective that Works: Introduction to Autism

This class provides introductory principles on autism for mental health practitioners working with ASD diagnosed children and adults.
You will gain specific perspectives that will serve as a guide for you in establishing a protocol that will support your client’s success, increase your confidence in working with and supporting an individual with autism in your practice, and help you to leverage therapeutic strategies to support the individual’s growth. 

Class 2: Understanding and Managing Autistic Behavior

This class provides the basics of how autistic brain neurology is linked to the behavior and the thinking of the child on the autism spectrum. Neurological regulation supports the child with autism’s ability to stay calm and regulated emotionally. This is the 2nd class in the series of 9, and will lay the groundwork for you in understanding and managing behavior through neurological regulation, as well as to help you to create more effective interventions to change behavior and ultimately create more success for your client. 

Class 3: The ASD Clients View of the World: Strategies for Effective Connection

The purpose of this class is to provide an understanding of common thinking patterns that arise as a result of the neurological architecture of the brain of children with autism, and through which their understanding of the world is filtered. We will discuss how these ways of thinking shape behavior. This will serve as a guide for you in understanding and managing behavior in your office, and help you create effective interventions. This is designed as Class 3 in the 9-part series. 

Class 4: Managing the Problems of a Social Disability

This class is designed to help you understand the pervasive types of social difficulties prevalent in individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as how those social challenges develop, and how they influence behavior. This class will also teach strategies to help the individual overcome those challenges. 

Class 5: Motivating Children with Autism

This class will provide a clear understanding of why individuals with autism are not motivated like those without autism, as well as offering strategies to motivate the individual with autism to comply with requests, complete tasks, and follow the rules. This will support the therapists efforts to stimulate interest and participation, gain cooperation, and increase compliance in general. 

Class 6: Understanding and Conquering the Executive Functioning Deficits

The purpose of this class is to help you recognize the pervasive nature of the executive functioning deficit of individuals with autism, the many ways it influences behavior and success, and also serve as a guide for you in establishing treatment strategies that will increase your ASD clients’ success in therapy and in their life. This will support you by boosting your confidence and success in working with a child with autism in your practice. 

Class 7: Why Communicating Effectively is so Difficult and How to Make it Easier

This class will provide strategies for effective communication, tips about how to teach abstract concepts, and an explanation of why meaning gets lost in the minds of individuals with ASD.  Implementing these approaches will increase the likelihood that the client’s overall comprehension will be better, thus improving their ability to respond appropriately, which will help the individual become more functional in all environments. 

Class 8: A Successful Therapeutic Model For Autism Treatment

The purpose of this class is to define the therapeutic model that is successful in treating autism, and discuss how autism treatment may differ from conventional treatment models. 

Class 9: Diagnosing Autism

The purpose of this class is to support the clinical practitioner, or those in a position to diagnose autism in an individual, in recognizing the subtle signs that an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis would be more appropriate than other diagnoses. Higher functioning individuals are often mis-diagnosed, especially younger children in whom it is difficult to tease out the social difficulties, or receive several other diagnoses when a diagnosis of ASD would serve their treatment needs more effectively.

For Groups

Let the National Autism Academy create a custom training program for your group that includes any or all of the following:

  • Individual On-Line training (Self Study)
  • Group Live Instructor Lead Q & A
  • Pre-recorded Instructor Lead Trainings
  • Custom Half Day or Full Day On-Site Training
  • Wahlberg and Jeanne Beard’s Books on Autism
  • Custom Created Take Home Kits (Supportive Visuals and Strategy Implementation Tools)
  • National Autism Academy Certification for participants
  • Group Live Instructor Lead On-Line Training

Upgrade your training to include group training, live on-line training, group activities, and certifications that will provide the opportunity for you to communicate to your clients or potential clients that your staff are autism-trained professionals. For more information on custom packages and pricing, please contact: Murray Carlson, Business Development Manager,[email protected]