2021 Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series

April 1, 2021

Webinar Series Description:

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of three webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. Topics will range from telehealth to cognitive behavioral therapy to caregiver coaching strategies. We will also host an open house for AUCD network members to learn more about activities of the Autism SIG. 

Webinar Descriptions:

How Can Telehealth Enhance Early Identification and Service?
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

In this panel discussion, providers from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC/TRIAD) will review recent work using tele-mediated assessment, service, and capacity building paradigms for early detection and intervention. Novel partnerships with the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS/Part C) will also be discussed. This work will present success stories, challenges, and opportunities for utilizing telehealth to reach traditionally underserved populations pre-, during, and post-COVID-19.

Learning to Face Fears from Home: Unexpected Benefits and Discoveries
Friday, April 23, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

The purpose of this webinar is to describe an evidence-based, manualized group cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) program for youth with ASD and anxiety, called Facing Your Fears (FYF). Following a brief description of FYF, we will discuss specific ways that FYF has been adapted for virtual delivery, including successes and challenges. Presenters include clinicians who co-facilitate the FYF virtual groups, as well as a parent of a teen with ASD and anxiety who participated in the FYF groups.   

Caregiver Coaching through Telehealth: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

We will provide a discussion of caregiver coaching strategies over telehealth using two different Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs) and consider options for multiple formats (synchronous and asynchronous). Benefits and challenges to using telehealth technology for caregiver coaching will be explored. A parent of a young child with autism who participated in coaching, both in-person and through telehealth, will share her experiences.  


AUCD Autism SIG Open House
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Join Autism SIG co-chairs, Brian Be and Dr. Laura Carpenter for this opportunity to learn more about the SIG’s activities, network with other members, and share ideas.