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AUCD - Posters: Behavior Supports & Mental Health

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Monday, December 7, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Virtual

Session Description

Poster sessions will take place as on-demand content for all three days of the virtual conference. Posters will be grouped by topic and will contain at a minimum an accessible pdf of the poster, and, if provided by the presenter, a captioned, 2-3 minute pre-recorded presentation video. More information about how to access the posters on the virtual platform and "chat" with poster presenters will be shared with registered, virtual conference attendees.

Please reference Monday, December 7 on the agenda for the full list of posters by topic.




Navigating Nuanced Social Interactions With Young Adults With Autism


Emily Gillich, M.Ed. , , University of New Hampshire

This poster provides information regarding a project completed for a local area agency as they aimed to form social skills groups for individuals with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The project resulted in gathered current research, interviews and connections with young adults who are interested in social supports, task analyses for the company to use to form groups, and considerations for future research.

Trauma-sensitive care for children with disabilities: A transdiagnostic and humanistic evidence-based approach for all settings


Jason Fogler, PhD, Faculty, Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND

This program is for medical and non-medical service providers for children with disabilities and their families. The risk of trauma and maltreatment is sadly elevated among children with disabilities, and signs of traumatic stress -- subtle and emergently obvious -- could be laid at the feet of any service provider. We offer an interactive evidence-based approach and heuristic ("CARE-squared") for managing challenging situations sensitively and safely.

Assessment of Treatment Gains Following Social Skills Treatment: Perceptions of Social Loneliness in Young Adults with ASD


Danielle Mund, Masters, , Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD

This presentation provides an overview of a study assessing changes in feelings of social loneliness among young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) following social skills intervention. Understanding the process by which young adults with ASD experience reduced social isolation following social skills treatment will inform practitioners, family members and other stakeholders about the importance of interventions that provide young adults with tools to better navigate their social worlds.

Facing Your Fears through Zoom: Group Therapy Considerations for Autism and Anxiety with Underserved Communities in New Mexico.


Marybeth Graham, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND

Learn how adapting an in-person group therapy model for individuals with autism and anxiety to a telehealth model inspired the potential use of new mechanisms to address historic inequities and barriers to care. This poster outlines our process during a global pandemic, lessons learned and provides a preliminary roadmap for expansion to rural and underserved communities. This presentation is for providers interested in promoting equity in behavioral health services.

Screening for Depression in Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities


Maria Valicenti-McDermott, MD MS, Associate Professor Pediatrics/CERC, Rose F. Kennedy Center, UCEDD/LEND

The prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder(MDD) and the practice of universal MDD screening in adolescents with developmental disabilities(DD) is unknown. Of a sample of inner-city adolescents with DD, 55% were screened for MDD and 6% screened positive for moderate/severe depression. Children with poorer language abilities, autism, intellectual disabilities are less likely to be screened. Given the challenges presented with reading/verbal abilities, screening modifications (reading to them) should be considered.

The Impact of Trauma on Early Childhood Development


Trupti Rao, PsyD, , Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND

In Westchester County, NY, over 50% of the children entering foster care from 2015-2018 were under the age of 5. The goals of this project are to create a descriptive profile of these children. This poster will present preliminary findings of the birth, developmental, and child welfare histories of children entering foster care during this time period.

The needs of West Virginian's with co-existing IDD and MI: How can we overcome barriers and improve services?


Anastasia Riley, MBA, Positive Behavior Support Program Manager, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

We will explore the fascinating results of a survey that looked at the needs, service barriers and quality of services for people with co-existing developmental disabilities and mental illness in West Virginia. 26 service domains were rated and interesting ideas for improvement were introduced by participants. This poster is highly relevant for people who serve rural populations as well as people with co-existing conditions.

Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD as Predictors of Social Skills Treatment Outcome among Adults with ASD: UCLA PEERS (R) Intervention


Leila Solouki, M.A. in Psychology , , Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD

The current study examines symptoms of social anxiety, depression, and ADHD as predictors of social skills outcomes and problem behaviors among young adults with ASD following the UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS; Laugeson, 2017), an evidence-based caregiver-assisted social skills intervention (Laugeson et al., 2015).

Families Moving Forward Connect: Development of a Mobile Health Intervention for Caregivers of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders


Christie Petrenko, PhD, Research Associate and Assistant Professor, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

This presentation will summarize the systematic development and evaluation of the Families Moving Forward Connect (FMF Connect) mobile health (mHealth) intervention to date. The FMF Connect mHealth app is designed for caregivers raising children (ages 3 to 12) with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). It aims to directly provide caregivers with evidence-based content and peer-moderated support they can easily access and use to improve outcomes for their children and families.

Assessment of the Relationship Between Baseline Self-Concept and Social Skills Intervention Gains for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Jenny Rodstein, Human Biology and Society (B.S.) from UCLA, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD

This study examines the relationship between self-concept and social skills gains following the UCLA PEERS intervention for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Findings reveal no statistically significant correlation between these factors, demonstrating the efficacy of the program to improve social skills in adolescents with ASD regardless of baseline self-concept. This presentation is relevant to professionals, parents, self-advocates, and other stakeholders.

The Relationship between Self-Control and Cognitive Empathy among Young Adults with ASD and Other Social Challenges


Juliette Lerner, , Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD

The current study examines the relationship between self-control and cognitive empathy among young adults with ASD and other social challenges presenting for treatment at the UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS; Laugeson, 2017), an evidence-based social skills intervention.

Addressing Inequities and Injustice in Suicide Prevention for Youth with Disabilities


Kara Ayers, PhD, Associate Director, University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND

Suicide is an increasing cause of death for youth with disabilities, but prevention, screening, and treatment strategies are often inaccessible. The proposed interactive session will use a breakout group format to discuss approaches developed with and for youth with disabilities. Attendees will practice using nonverbal screening tools and hear from self-advocates who have had both positive and negative experiences seeking mental health treatment.