Workshop 1

Morning

Workshop title: Current Trends in Autism Spectrum Disorder: What School Psychologists Need to Know

Presenter: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. ABPdN – Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and on staff at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute.

Pre-Conference Description.  

Dr. Goldstein will provide insights into the most current literature including new findings on children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This presentation will review emerging data on ASD, critically examine current trends in ASD and will outline current research involving assessment, intervention, transition from childhood into young adulthood.

Learning Objectives:

(1) Learn about the history of autism. Learn about the evolution of the diagnostic protocols for autism. Learn about the basic social learning problems characteristic of autism. 

(2) Learn about the process of assessment, including behavioral observation, completion of rater questionnaires and face-to-face assessment. 

(3) Learn to utilize a diagnostic protocol for making the diagnosis of autistic disorders.  Learn about current treatment strategies for autism. 

(4)  Learn about the variables that predict positive outcome based on recent research for a select group of autistic individuals. 

(5)  Learn the research examining similarities and differences between children with autism and those with related conditions, including ADHD, communication disorders, learning disorders, schizophrenia and non-verbal learning disability. 

(6)  Learn about current trends and methods in treatment and education. 

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

(1) I can describe the history of autism. I know about evaluation of the diagnostic protocols for autism. I know about the social learning problems characteristic of autism. 

(2) I know about the process of assessment, including behavioral observation, completion of rater questionnaires and face-to-face assessment. 

(3) I know about utilizing a diagnostic protocol for making the diagnosis of autistic disorders.  I know about current treatment strategies for autism. 

(4)  I know about the variables that predict positive outcome based on recent research for a select group of autistic individuals. 

(5) I know the research regarding similarities and differences between children with ASD, ADHD, SLD, and other disabilities. 

(6)  I know about best clinical and educational practice for making diagnosis and developing treatment plans 

(7) I know about the main issues, methods and research regarding treatment of autistic related behaviors. 

Presentation (broken into 4 sections, split into 45-minute blocks)

Overview & background

New research on ASD across the lifespan.

Current trends in assessment

Current trends in intervention

Presenter Bio: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. ABPdN is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and on staff at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. He is Clinical Director of the Neurology Learning and Behavior Center. The Center conducts clinical and forensic evaluations, consultation and provides treatment services to over 700 individuals and families each year across the lifespan. Dr. Goldstein has authored over fifty trade and science texts as well as over three dozen science-based book chapters and thirty peer reviewed research articles. He has also co-authored eight psychological and neuropsychological tests. He currently serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders and sits on the editorial boards of six peer reviewed journals. He is Co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Child Development. 

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