Improving Quality of Life Outcomes across the Lifespan for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Dr. Peter Gerhardt and Dr. Erica Holding
The past decade has seen reports citing the dramatic increase in the prevalence of autism and related disorders (ASD) to the current 1 case per 88 individuals most recently identified by the Centers for Disease Control (2011). While the reasons behind this increase remain unclear, what is clear is that there are greater numbers of individuals being diagnosed with ASD than ever before and subsequently, steadily growing numbers of adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Subsequently, this increase in prevalence has created an increased demand for appropriate and effective services for adolescents and young adults with ASD.
Unfortunately, the need for such services continues to far exceed the available resources, leaving a generation of individuals with autism and their families in a programmatic, financial, and personal limbo.
This presentation will discuss an overview of effective transition programming at any age – with the ultimate goal being a life of dignity, competence, happiness, and quality. An overview of transition planning, community based instruction, social competence, sexuality and sexual safety, and quality of life concerns will also be discussed.
Dr. Peter Gerhardt is Director of Education at the Upper School for the McCarton School in New York City. Dr. Gerhardt has over 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder and he has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.
Dr. Erica Holding is the Executive Director and Founder of Avita Nova Academy, a behavioral services company located in Lake Forest, CA. Dr. Holding received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level. Dr. Holding has over 20 years of experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities and behavior disorders in school, home, community, and clinic settings.
Monday, February 25, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) Tustin Centre Tower Building
1525 Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana 92705
Cost: $30.00 per person – includes a Subway boxed lunch
Any requests for cancellation must be received by February 18, 2013, for a refund.
Refunds will not be granted after this date.
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