Advances in Understanding and Treating Adults and Adolescents with ASD


This LiveTalk will discuss the unique sensory and motor needs which may interfere with the daily life functioning skills of adults and adolescents.


Featuring: Dr. Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCP
originally recorded April 25, 2016

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Advances in Autism bundle.

Description: A whole generation of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is now growing into adulthood and clinicians are increasingly faced with the need to assess and treat older adolescents and adults with ASD. This LiveTalk will discuss the unique sensory and motor needs which may interfere with the daily life functioning skills of this population. Sensory integration-based intervention goals and strategies that relate to increasing participation and daily function that may be unique to them will be explored. Recent research on this special population of adults will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 sensory –motor concerns which may interfere with daily life functioning in the adolescent or adult with ASD.
  2. List 3 participation and daily life functioning needs which may be unique for adults and adolescents with ASD.
  3. Identify 3 sensory-based intervention strategies that may be appropriate for promoting function in adults and adolescents with ASD.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists

Domain: Contexts
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Dr. Pfeiffer is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University teaching courses in the doctorate of occupational therapy and mentoring research in the entry-level and post-professional occupational therapy programs. Dr. Pfeiffer’s research focuses on treatment and measurement of person environmental interactions in individuals across the lifespan with autism spectrum and mental health disorders. Dr. Pfeiffer maintains her clinical practice in the area of pediatrics. She earned a BA in psychology and special education from Arcadia University, an MS in occupational therapy with a specialization in pediatrics from Temple University, and a PhD in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Pfeiffer is well known for her research with children and adults with ASD.

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Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



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