Category: Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 17 - Evidence-Based Treatments for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Saturday, November 18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom I & J, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders | Developmental Disabilities | Treatment-CBT
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Significant efforts have been made to adapt evidence-based psychosocial interventions researched in general pediatric populations for use with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These efforts have resulted in the development of several evidence based interventions, including a group CBT anxiety intervention (Facing Your Fears, Reaven et al. 2011) and a school based intervention to increase executive functioning and flexibility (Unstuck and On Target, Cannon et al. 2011).  Now, we are at an exciting new stage of adaptation: adapting these evidence based interventions for wider use.  Balancing adaptation and treatment fidelity is critical in this process but can be challenging, particularly when culture, treatment setting, symptom target, chronological age, and developmental functioning of participants vary.  The process by which these adaptations are made will be explored in this panel of researchers who are at various stages of intervention development. The first panelist will be Dr. Susan Hepburn who will discuss an international collaboration focused on the development of a uniform behavioral approach to stress management and coping for participants in Special Olympics. Dr. Judy Reaven will then discuss a collaboration that involves a culturally tailored, systematic adaptation of Facing Your Fears (FYF) to be delivered by school professionals in Singapore.  Three panelists will then discuss adaptations to FYF and Unstuck and On Target (UOT) that include collaboration with key stakeholders to expand across age range and symptom target. Dr. Audrey Blakeley-Smith will discuss the adaptation of the FYF  treatment for adolescents aged 13-18 with ASD and intellectual disabilities, with an additional module to address severe problem behavior. Dr. Cara Pugliese will discuss the adaptation and upward extension of the UOT curriculum to create Flexible Futures, an intervention to improve executive functioning in adolescents with ASD. Finally, Dr. Emily Kuschner will describe the integration of FYF, UOT, and evidence-based strategies for treatment of selective eating to develop the Building Up Food Flexibility and Exposure Treatment (BUFFET) Program. Attendees will then be invited to discuss the strengths and challenges of this work.

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Susan Hepburn

Associate Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine

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Judy Reaven

Associate Professor
University of Colorado, School of Medicine

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Cara Pugliese

Children's National Health System

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Emily Kuschner

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Audrey Blakeley-Smith

Associate Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine

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