Techniques for anticipating, analyzing, and addressing complex behaviors in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are discussed in this course. Strategies such as behavior plans, self-monitoring systems, and visual schedules are described. Additionally, tools and resources that can help support autistic individuals and their caregivers are addressed.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain the prevalence, variance in manifestation, and common characteristics and co-occurring conditions in autistic individuals.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify strategies and tools to support autistic individuals and their families.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe resources available to support autistic individuals and their families.
|Key concepts related to autism
|Prevalence, characteristics, co-occurring conditions
|Strategies and tools for supporting autistic individuals and their families
|Resources for autistic individuals and their families
Dr. Christina Marsack-Topolewski is an associate professor of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services at Eastern Michigan University. She received a bachelor’s of science in Special Education, specializing in Cognitive Impairments, from Wayne State University. She trained under a specialized fellowship at the University of Michigan, receiving her master’s in Social Work and specializing in aging from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Marsack-Topolewski received her PhD in Social Work with a dual title in Gerontology from Wayne State University. She has worked with individuals with various intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 20 years. Her research focuses on individuals with IDDs, their caregivers, advance care planning, service delivery, and service utilization. She has over 50 publications in national and international journals, mainly focusing on individuals with IDDs, advance care planning, caregiving, and aging. In addition, she has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Marsack-Topolewski has been the lead on multiple grant-funded programs tailoring services to individuals with IDDs, older adults, and chronic illnesses. In 2019, she was appointed to the National Task Group on Intellectual Disability and Dementia Practices. She serves as both a board member and co-chair of Membership Affairs. Over the past 4 years, she has provided testimony at the state-level (Michigan) to advocate for two house bills that would provide protections against exploitation for vulnerable adults, such as individuals with IDDs.
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