Sensory Modulation: An Underutilized Tool for Reducing Anxiety in People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Sensory Modulation: An Underutilized Tool for Reducing Anxiety in People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

In this presentation, the nature and extent of anxiety related challenges that impact individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) will be briefly reviewed. How anxiety can be a major influence on the manifestation of externalizing behaviors will also be discussed. The relationship between atypical sensory profiles and anxiety, with a particular focus on over-arousal states, will be explored. Ways in which some simple and easy to use sensory modulation tactics and tools may be employed to help individuals with ASD and other IDD who present with significant anxiety and challenging behaviors will be shared.

A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group.

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Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe the how anxiety may be missed in children and adults with ASD and IDD.
  • Participants will be able to describe how an atypical sensory profile is related to anxiety in people with ASD and other IDD.
  • Participants will be able to describe the nature of the interaction between anxiety and challenging behaviors in children and adults with ASD and other IDD.
  •  Participants will be able to list at least 3 simple tactics for lowering anxiety and reducing over arousal state using basic sensory tools.

Presenters

Lauren Charlot, LICSW, PhD is a Developmental Psychologist, who has been working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and severe co-occurring psychiatric disorders and challenging behaviors, for over 30 years. Dr. Charlot is a Co-Chair of the National Center for START Services Research Committee. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the UMass Medical School and an adjunct professor at Eastern Carolina University. She has published original research, and has lectured widely on a variety of topics related to the care of individuals with IDD (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) and ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) across the United States, Canada and in Europe. Dr. Charlot was a Co-PI with Dr. McIlvane, Dir. Of the E.K. Shriver Center on an NIH funded grant studying depression in children with ID and was the PI for a UMass Medical School Internal Initiatives Grant. She was the lead author on the NADD sponsored DM-ID 2 chapter on Depressive Disorders. Dr. Charlot and Shriver colleagues published research regarding medical comorbidities among psychiatric inpatients with ID. Dr. Charlot has designed and directed multiple acute inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for individuals with ID and ASD, providing oversight in program development, operations and providing extensive training to personnel within these varied programs.  

 

Please Note

  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • For disability accommodations email Anna Costalas or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.
  • This webinar will be archived.