Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) impacts the lives of every one in 68 children. With prevalence rates so high, it is imperative that the community is well informed about the etiology of ASD, how to accurately screen and detect for the disorder, and what intervention practices are evidenced-based. As important is the need to educate parents and professionals on theories with little to no scientific base that can be sensationalized by the media, and misinformation that becomes viral. When accurately informed, families and professionals can focus their time, effort, and resources on how to optimize outcome for individuals with ASD.
- Define evidence-based practices for the treatment and intervention of autism spectrum disorder
- Critique the scientific basis (or lack thereof) for complementary/alternative methods of intervention
- Demonstrate clinical competency in helping parents and professionals make well informed decisions about treatment practices
CE: 3 hours
About the Presenter:
Dr. Saulnier is the Director of Research Operations at the Marcus Autism Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, after which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center before joining their faculty. In 2011, Dr. Saulnier joined Dr. Ami Klin in his relocation from Yale to Emory and the Marcus Autism Center. At Marcus, Dr. Saulnier oversees the diagnostic evaluations for all children participating in clinical research. She is co-author of the book, the Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment and co-author of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition.
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