Hey! That's My Territory! A Collaborative approach to Evidence-based Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Saturday, November 10
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Meeting Room 13/14/15 - Convention Center
Abundant evidence demonstrates the benefits of family-based care, and contextual learning to optimize outcomes, (Palisano et al 2010); professional collaboration focusing on children's activity and participation is an important aspect of collaborative treatment approaches. The staggering numbers of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has introduced physical therapists to common motor impairments now being recognized in current research. Students with ASD have long been served by occupational therapists and speech language pathologists, and the role of the school PT is becoming increasingly recognized. The social communication needs, combined with fine and gross motor needs common in this population require school OTs and PTs to provide intervention using evidence-based practices for the student to be able to participate in the school environment. In the schools, collaboration between all professionals and students and families is an essential part of any successful intervention approach in helping students achieve participation with their peers, improving their self-esteem, self-confidence and overall quality of life. In this presentation, we will describe an interdisciplinary approach between an occupational and physical therapist working with children with ASD in the schools. Case studies will demonstrate the evidence-based strategies and interdisciplinary collaboration necessary for successful outcomes.
- Describe fine and gross motor deficts common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to current research.
- List 4 evidence-based practices from current research on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that can be applied in a collaborative approach in school.
- Analyze the considerations when planning interventions for students with ASD, focusing on inclusion, integration, and participation.
- Recognize and better understand the value of a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to service delivery for students with ASD.