The critical role of joint attention in the development of preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be addressed in this course. Joint attention, the ability to share attention and engage with others in a meaningful way, is a foundational skill for social and communication development. For children with ASD, deficits in joint attention can limit progress in areas of play, learning, fine motor development, and participation overall. This course equips clinicians with easy-to-implement, take-home, evidence-based intervention strategies to enhance joint attention skills in preschoolers with autism, providing a holistic purview to improve clinical outcomes.
Course created on October 31, 2023
- After this course, participants will be able to identify basic principles of joint attention and its impact on participation.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify 2 models commonly used to address joint attention.
- After this course, participants will be able to list 6 practical techniques and activities to promote joint attention in various settings, such as home, school, and therapy.
|0-5 Minutes||What is joint attention?|
|5-10 Minutes||Types of joint attention|
|10-15 Minutes||Lack of joint attention and its impact on child development|
|15-20 Minutes||Efficacy of evidence-based strategies to improve joint attention|
|20-35 Minutes||Sensory regulation and its relationship to joint attention|
|35-40 Minutes||Early Start Denver (ESDM) Model & Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) models of intervention|
|40-45 Minutes||Case study|
|45-55 Minutes||Take-home strategies to address joint attention for practitioners|
|55-60 Minutes||Resources, summary, and Q&A|
Dr. Aditi Mehra graduated with a Bachelor's in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University and pursued her Doctorate in Health Sciences at Midwestern University in Illinois. She has practiced as a pediatric OT for the past 23 yrs in various settings. During her Doctoral Studies, Dr. Mehra also pursued a certification in Behavior Analysis to gain a better understanding of behavioral challenges in OT. Once she delved deeper into this field, Dr. Mehra discovered Fit Learning, an academic program that combines the science of building fluency and charting data to optimize learning. Once she realized the ease and profound effectiveness of this charting system, Dr. Mehra implemented this charting system in her own practice. This soon became her passion, and she now offers classes and consultations to other professionals seeking to become more data-driven in their practice.
She offers several data-based free resources on her website, www.DrAdititheOT.com. Dr. Mehra is the director of the Chicago Fit learning lab, an adjunct professor at Lewis University, and continues to work in the school setting as a pediatric OT.
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