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Released December 14, 2020 from Aurora, NE
Here’s the dilemma:
The number of adults diagnosed with autism is rising. Yet, we currently have very few evidence-based interventions to offer this population.
We seem to be falling short of truly supporting autistic adults. We need to do better, not just by addressing their challenges, but also by bolstering their unique strengths.
This 1-hour episode is going to push you to think big-picture about the unmet needs of autistic adults—and, hopefully, it will help you address both the challenges and strengths that can be part of being neurodivergent in a world that is built for neurotypicals. Our goal is to support you as an OT, so you can help autistic adults live a life they love.
The course will begin with a breakdown of some current research exploring the priorities of autistic adults. Then, Meg Proctor, an occupational therapist with expertise in working with patients on the spectrum, will join us to discuss practical takeaways.
Primary Research Explored
When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article, then share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.
Gotham, K., Marvin, A. R., Taylor, J. L., Warren, Z., Anderson, C. M., Law, P. A., . . . Lipkin, P. H. (2015). Characterizing the daily life, needs, and priorities of adults with autism spectrum disorder from Interactive Autism Network data. Autism, 19(7), 794-804. doi:10.1177/1362361315583818
- You will be able to identify unique challenges that autistic adults may face, and should inform your practice.
- You will be able to recall unique strengths of autistic adults, many of which can be leveraged in your treatments.
- You will be able to describe how understanding the strengths and challenges of autistic adults should impact your work with children on the spectrum.
Intro (5 minutes)
Breakdown of research analysis of (10 minutes)
- The rising number of adults diagnosed with autism, and lack of related research
- The problem with how “outcomes” have historically been categorized
- What was the research question being studied in this paper?
- Who was included in this study?
- What were the results?
- What did the authors conclude/discuss?
- Takeaways for OT practitioners
Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with guest Meg Proctor) (45 minutes)
- Recommendations on language: “autistic,” “low/high functioning”
- Supports currently available to autistic adults specifically noting those in which OTs are involved
- What supports are lacking?
- What are some opportunities for OTs to better serve this population?
- How do we need to change as OTs—and as a society—to better serve this population?
- What recommendations would you give to OTs who are seeing autistic adults in their standard practice?
- How should understanding the challenges/strengths of autistic adults impact our pediatric practice?
1 hour (0.1 AOTA CEUs)
Target Audience/Educational Level
Occupational therapy practitioners who work with patients who work with autistic patients. The educational level is introductory.
Instructional Methods/Registration/Special Needs Requests/Cancellation Policy
This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.
If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.
If this course were to be cancelled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.
Course Completion Requirements
In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.
Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L
Meg Proctor is the founder of Learn Play Thrive, LLC, where she teaches therapists to use a deep understanding of autism learning styles to guide their work. She is a former faculty member of UNC’s TEACCH® Autism Program and an AOTA-approved course provider.
Through her live and recorded online trainings, Meg teaches concrete ways that therapists can use a strengths-based approach to their work with kids on the autism spectrum. Meg also hosts the podcast Two Sides of the Spectrum, designed to help OTs better take the perspective of our neurodivergent clients. To dive into Meg’s work, start with the free masterclass: learnplaythrive.com/masterclass
Sarah Lyon, OTR/L
Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011. Since then, she has worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital.
In 2011, Sarah launched OT Potential because she realized we needed a reliable source of quality occupational therapy-related content and resources. She has also had the opportunity to create content for brands like WebPT, MedBridge, Saebo, and NeuroLutions.
She launched the OT Potential Club in 2019 to marry her love of simplifying complex topics with her desire to help therapists access the most important OT-related research released each year.
Sarah is a prairie girl at heart, which is why she returned to her hometown of Aurora, Nebraska (home of the strobe light) to raise her children.
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This course is designed to meet the requirements of NBCOT PDUs. But, you are advised to make your own determination as to whether the course will be beneficial to your practice. NBCOT does not endorse any specific professional development units.
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