Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Early Signs to Diagnosis and Treatment

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April 21, 2017

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
1 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

OVERVIEW

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects individuals’ overall functioning across the lifespan. In this workshop, we will explore the characteristic symptoms of ASD as they manifest in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning. We will discuss the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for ASD as well as standardized measures that help confirm the diagnosis including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2). The workshop will also include a review of, and introduction to, current evidenced-based treatments for ASD. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: 
  • Gain a greater understanding of the common symptoms of ASD as they manifest across the lifespan in the social communication and restricted interests and repetitive behaviors domains 
  • Identify the common diagnostic tools for ASD and better understand when to refer for ASD diagnostic testing
  • Be more informed about the types of evidenced-based treatments available for ASD
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    

Presenter

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Sarah Kern, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

Sarah Kern, LCSW, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and Program Coordinator of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program at the Child Study Center of NYU Langone Medical Center. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and implementing evidence-based treatments for children and teens struggling with anxiety or mood disorders.
Ms. Kern has extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapies for individuals with various anxiety and mood disorders. Further, she specializes in working with individuals throughout the lifespan with ASD and other related social communication difficulties. Ms. Kern has expertise in conducting diagnostic evaluations for individuals with ASD and is research level trained using the gold standard diagnostic assessment, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2). Ms. Kern also has extensive training implementing evidence-based interventions for ASD including Facing Your Fears, a group treatment for children with ASD and anxiety; the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS), a social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges; and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a naturalistic behavioral intervention for young children with ASD. In her clinical practice, Ms. Kern’s treatment involves a range of interventions including cognitive behavioral interventions, parent management training, the Early Start Denver Model, principles of behavior analysis, structured teaching, and/or positive behavior supports.