Integrating Autism & Mental Health Interventions with Behavioral Strategies

Presented by: Jennifer O’Keefe, LPCC-S, Manager of Transition Education Program; Heather Quinn, LPCC-S, Supervisor of Monarch Boarding Academy South; and Stacy Cianciolo, M.Ed., BCBA, Behavior Department Supervisor, The Monarch Center for Autism, Cleveland, Ohio
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Take an in-depth look at the combined effect of autism and co-existing mental health conditions. The presenters discussed the impact on day-to-day function, and strategies to support improved behavior, learning and performance of students with dual diagnoses.

Topics included:

  • Introduction and prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with comorbid mental health conditions
  • Awareness and assessment
  • Common co-occurring conditions
  • Treating the whole child
  • Collaboration and coordination between teachers, mental health clinicians, behaviorists and parents
  • Developing multi-disciplinary tools and strategies for the classroom setting (e.g., visual supports, behavior plans,communication and sensory supports)
  • Developing creative and flexible classroom environments that integrate and value these tools/strategies
  • Successfully implementing/maintaining classroom supports to promote enhanced coping, engagement and independence