Compulsive Behavior in Autism and Related Conditions ~3/15/19~

Compulsive Behavior in Autism and Related Conditions

Dr. Travis Thompson

When Dr. Thompson debuted this webinar in 2015, it was then and remained the most sold ABAC history until we introduced the ABACGives Series in 2017. The following are only a few of the comments provided by the individuals who viewed that event. It is with great pride that we are bringing back Dr. Thompson to present the original content with added information on PANDAS during our 5-year “webinarversary” month.

“Great topic and speaker! Really relevant and not often spoken about.”  “Wonderful presentation.”
“Helpful, thanks!”   “Great Presentation! very informative”
“Enjoyed it. Thanks.”  “Very good. It answered a lot of questions I had regarding the difference between self-stim and OCD.”
“Great webinar!”   “Enjoyed this tremendously. Many great tips!”
“Love it, thank you”    “Excellent useful training.”

 Live Event Information:

  • Date: Friday, 3/15/19
  • Time: 10:00am – 1:00 pm eastern standard time

Recording Information:

  • This webinar is presented LIVE and will be recorded. All registrants have the opportunity to attend LIVE and/or view the recording during the 5 day limited access period that begins the day after the live webinar.
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Intolerance for changes in routines and insistence on following compulsive rituals are an inherent part of autism. In some cases, these compulsive behavior patterns are intense and aggravated by lack of communication skills and other challenges, including features of the living and school or work environment. These problems often lead to emotional and behavioral outbursts that have restrictive consequences for the affected child or youth with autism, and create serious dilemma’s for parents, teachers and other care providers.

This webinar will discuss different types of repetitive behavior in autism, differences in obsessive and compulsive behavior in autism and typically developing children, and the relation of compulsive rituals to anxiety. In addition, the workshop will explore the biological and social bases for compulsive behavior in autism and strategies for preventing severe behavioral outbursts including meltdowns, aggression, property destruction and self-injury.

Among behavioral treatment strategies discussed will be exposure and response prevention, desensitization, cognitive behavioral techniques, habit reversal training and several very practical management strategies. Long-term solutions usually require an intervention plan based upon a careful functional behavioral assessment. Specific case examples will be discussed. In some cases, medications can enhance the effectiveness of behavioral interventions in severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in autism.

New for 2019: Dr. Thompson will discuss PANDAS and its relationship to OCD.

Learning Objectives: 

1.The participant will be able to describe the central features of autism.

2. Attendees will be able to describe Exposure and Response Prevention as an intervention for severe anxiety in autism.

3. The participant will be able to describe a serious risk of untreated repetitive compulsive behavior.

4. Attendees will be able to identify the most effective social treatment for many people with self injurious behavior.

5. Attendees will be able to describe the relationship between OCD and PANDAS.

Continuing Education and Professional Development:

  • Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEs Live or Recording 
  • Psychologists: 3 CEs Live or Recording
  • Social Workers/Certified Counselors: 3 CEs LIVE only
  • Teachers/RBTs/Other professionals: This event may be eligible for continuing education or professional development hours. Speak with a representative at your organization or your supervisor for approval.

For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page

.Dr.​ ​Travis​ ​Thompson​ ​completed​ ​a​ ​doctorate​ ​in​ ​psychology​ ​with​ ​subspecialties​ ​in​ ​behavior analysis,​ ​neuroscience,​ ​child​ ​psychology​ ​and​ ​developmental​ ​disabilities.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​worked​ ​in medical​ ​settings​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​psychology​ ​departments​ ​and​ ​behavior​ ​analysis​ ​clinics​ ​most​ ​of his​ ​career​ ​(at​ ​Univ​ ​of​ ​Minnesota,​ ​Vanderbilt​ ​Univ.​ ​and​ ​Univ​ ​of​ ​Kansas​ ​Medical​ ​Center).​ ​ ​As a​ ​doctoral​ ​student,​ ​he​ ​completed​ ​most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​year​ ​of​ ​medical​ ​school​ ​course​ ​work​ ​and later​ ​directed​ ​a​ ​psychopharmacology​ ​training​ ​program​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Univ​ ​of​ ​Minnesota.​ ​ ​He co-directed​ ​a​ ​major​ ​multiple​ ​disability​ ​research​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Vanderbilt​ ​University​ ​dealing with​ ​genetic​ ​contributions​ ​to​ ​disabilities.​ ​ ​He​ ​worked​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Pediatric​ ​Clinical Neuroscience​ ​Autism​ ​Clinic​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Minnesota​ ​and​ ​directed​ ​a​ ​private community​ ​based​ ​early​ ​behavioral​ ​intervention​ ​program​ ​in​ ​Minneapolis,​ ​MN.​ ​ ​His expertise​ ​includes​ ​working​ ​with​ ​complex​ ​cases​ ​of​ ​multiply​ ​caused​ ​severe​ ​behavior challenges​ ​in​ ​autism​ ​and​ ​other​ ​developmental​ ​disabilities.​ ​ ​He​ ​is​ ​a​ ​licensed​ ​psychologist​ ​in Minnesota.

Presenter Disclosure Statement

Dr.​ ​Thompson​ ​is​ ​author,​ ​co-author​ ​and/or​ ​editor​ ​of​ ​books​ that are ​mentioned​ ​during​ some of his ​presentations for ABAC.​ ​He​ ​receives​ ​royalties​ ​from​ ​the​ ​sale​ ​of​ ​the​ ​books.​ ​He​ ​also​ ​receives​ ​speaker fees​ ​for​ ​presenting​ ​for​ ​ABAC.

10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes

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