Understanding and Supporting Patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder Jenna Johnson, MSW, Associate Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Clinician for Glenn County Office of Education This webinar will discuss the characteristics of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), to better understand how to best serve them in our libraries. We will review common behaviors seen in both children and adults diagnosed with ASD. We will review effective strategies library employees can utilize to support patrons with a variety of special needs. Participants will have an opportunity to present specific questions and scenarios to further their understanding and application of the training material. About the Presenter: Jenna Johnson is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who has worked in schools, homes, and within the community supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and/mental health challenges for over 15 years. Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button at the top of this page.
Courses Store This module is an overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the criteria used to diagnose children with ASD. The Understanding Autism training was developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, which is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities. An online module was created from the training through a partnership with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelomental Disorders, University of Missouri Extension, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities Office of Autism Services. El video de capacitación está disponible en idioma inglés solamente, pero las diapositivas de la presentación y la hoja con recursos están disponibles en idioma español y puede bajarlas. PRESENTER INFORMATION Janet E.
Home - Center for Autism and Related Disorders Using Visual Schedules: A Guide for Parents Contributed By Catherine Davies There is clear research evidence regarding the benefits of using visual schedules with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (e.g., Mesibov, et al, 2002; Massey & Wheeler, 2000; Bryan & Gast, 2000). Additionally, a wealth of anecdotal evidence exists. For example, a parent was asked to share the most helpful thing that she had tried with her son (a 15 year old with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism). She replied that a visual schedule has been the key to increasing his independence and managing his anxiety. Rationale Most of us do not follow a visual schedule for our time at home. The advantages to using a visual schedule with individuals with ASD include (Mesibov et al., 2005): Reasons that parents may not use visual schedules Despite these advantages, setting up a visual schedule can seem like a daunting, time-consuming task for many families. What Does a Visual Schedule Do? Steps for Setting Up a Visual Schedule 1. A. B. C. Schedule 2. 3. 4.