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New Perspectives In Autism: A Primer For Occupational Therapists In Partnership With Moira Peña Sensory Workshops

Course: #5552Level: Intermediate 2 Hours 3265 Reviews

Occupational therapists are frequently involved in the provision of services to children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This webinar will provide an overview of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, prevalence, sex differences, common co-occurring developmental disabilities, medical and mental health conditions, new perspectives in interpreting autism, and the need for occupational therapists to adopt strengths-based and neurodiversity affirming practices.

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Course Type: Video

CEUs/Hours Offered: AOTA/0.2 Intermediate, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge, 04482; CE Broker/2.0 General (FL), Patient Related (AL), General Continuing Education (GA), Direct Client/patient Services In Occupational Therapy (SC), Related To OT (AZ), Related To OT (LA), Directly Related To OT (MS), Directly Related To OT (TN), CE Broker #20-916275; IACET/0.2; IBCCES/2.0; NBCOT PDUs/2.5 Intermediate, Rehabilitation

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list the 5 criteria used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the latest edition of the DSM-5 (APA, 2013) and recognize the importance of the addition of sensory reactivity to the ASD diagnostic criteria.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify common co-occurring conditions in ASD and how autism can present differently in girls and women.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to analyze how occupational therapy practitioners can interpret autism through the use of a strengths-based and neurodiversity-affirming lens and apply the implications of this paradigm shift for occupational therapy practitioners.

Course created on May 24, 2022


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-25 Minutes DSM-5
25-30 Minutes Gender differences
30-35 Minutes Co-occurring conditions
35-45 Minutes Anxiety and latest autism research
45-65 Minutes Neurodiversity paradigm
65-90 Minutes Implications for OT-Sensory
90-100 Minutes Implications for OT-Sensory and Motor
100-105 Minutes Implications for OT- Behavior as Communication
105-115 Minutes Implications for OT- Neurodiversity Affirming OT Practices
115-120 Minutes BEST Strategies- Summary; Q & A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Moira Pena has received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: Moira Pena is the proud creator and host of Holland Bloorview's Autism Summit and an Authorized Provider of Professional Development by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by OccupationalTherapy.com, a Continued site.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Occupational Therapy Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

OccupationalTherapy.com is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, #7659. Course approval ID# 04482. This distance learning - independent course is offered at 0.2 CEUs/contact hours (Intermediate level, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge Area). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CE Broker

CE Broker

OccupationalTherapy.com is an approved provider for CE Broker, provider #50-14558. This course is offered for 2.0 hours. If you are an OT/OTA in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina or Tennessee, CE Broker may be of interest to you.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

continued, LLC, DBA OccupationalTherapy.com, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). continued complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, continued is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. continued, LLC, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program.

International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards

International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards

The continued family of websites, including OccupationalTherapy.com, is a Certified Training Partner of IBCCES. This course is offered for a maximum of 2.0 CE hours for the autism certifications issued by IBCCES.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

OccupationalTherapy.com is a NBCOT® Professional Development Provider. This course is offered for 2.5 NBCOT PDUs (Intermediate level, Rehabilitation Area). NBCOT® is a registered trademark of The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

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