Engaging and Respecting Autism: A Pathway to Understanding and Engaging Individuals with Autism from a DIR® Perspective (6 Contact Hour Course)

Engaging and Respecting Autism: What is it and how do I do it?  This course examines how using a respectful and engaging developmental and relationship-based approach promotes human development.  This is about much more than simply training individuals on the autism spectrum to learn discrete skills.  You will learn the key to helping individuals with autism become motivated from within (an intrinsic desire) to engage, relate, communicate and learn. 

This course examines the importance of social relationships and cultural competency as they relate to the therapeutic relationship.  Participants learn how a developmentally based model of care, including consideration of individual differences, the perspective of the client, and specific techniques, all serve to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and support growth and development.

DIR® is an approach to help individuals communicate better with their environment. It was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan to help promote each person's development to its fullest potential.  It is an incredibly powerful approach to help people with Autism relate, communicate, think, and learn.  It aims to meet people at their level of development and build on their strengths and abilities by creating opportunities for interactions and building relationships with people who are important in the their life. This course will explore specific strategies for truly engaging and respecting a person with Autism in treatment and identify specific reasons why this is so effective as well as respectful.

Don't train a child to learn by force or harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of genius of each. –Plato

Continuing Education Information:

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This course content is focused on a specific product or service ( DIRFloortime® and there will be no mention of other products or services).

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to relate at least three ways in which the therapeutic relationship can foster social engagement and human development.
  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to relate at least three techniques that can be utilized to improve cultural competency as it relates to their profession.
  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to relate at least three ways in which to specifically improve cultural competency when working with individuals with Autism and their families. 

Typical Time Ordered Agenda for Online Course (Onsite Courses will add time for lunch)

9:30am to 4:00pm

9:30 -10:00am   Introductions/overview of course

10:00 -11:00am   Explanation/insight into the importance of engaging with, and respecting of, clients with Autism and their families.  Q and A 

11:00 -11:10am   Break

11:10am - 12:30pm   Review of individual differences/sensory function/regulation.

12:30pm - 1:30pm   Basics of DIRFloortime (developmentally based, evidence-based, therapeutic model) including discussion of Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities 1 and 2.  Video on DIR model.  Q and A

1:30pm - 1:40pm     Break

1:40pm - 3:00pm   Understanding of how one can increase their level of cultural competency:

  • Respecting and engaging those with Autism.
  • Understanding point of view that some therapies may be disrespectful or inappropriate
  • Considering the perspective of those with Autism
  • Self-advocate video presentation

3:00pm - 3:50pm    Principles of Floortime and the importance of the relationship.  Q and A.

3:50pm - 4:00pm    Wrap-up, CEU reminders


Speech-Language Pathology




This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs
(Various level, Professional area)

Non-Credit Onsite Events:   Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner functions or breaks; board and committee meetings, networking events.

Skills Level:  This Training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators and mental health treating professionals of all skill levels.

Important Information for Speech Language Pathologists:

1.As part of your registration, you were asked to share your ASHA account number.   Our Continuing Education Department will complete and submit an ASHA participant form on your behalf.at the conclusion of your course.

2. If you did not share your ASHA number at the time of registration our Continuing Education Department will be following up with you during your course to obtain your ASHA number so that your participant form can be submitted.

We also request that all participants complete a course evaluation form that will be received via email.  This course evaluation  is for ICDL and is used to help improve all aspects of our training program. Your feedback is valuable and we thank you for your time!


If you have any questions about this process please email us at ceu@icdl.com

Occupational Therapy


This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)

Non-Credit Onsite Events:   Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner functions or breaks; board and committee meetings, networking events.

Skills Level:  This Training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators and mental health treating professionals of all skill levels.

To obtain AOTA CEUs from a course you have taken, please follow these steps:

1.  As part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)’s Approved Provider Program, ICDL is required to have a certain number of short online surveys completed for renewal as a continuing education provider. Please complete this one page survey about your continuing education experience here: http://www.aota.org/appsurvey.

2.  Complete the course evaluation form that has been e-mailed to you from ICDL.  This course evaluation is for ICDL and is used to help us improve our course offerings.  We thank you for your time. 



Psychology




The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  All courses offered by ICDL as of July 1, 2016 are approved for APA continuing education.  Please e-mail ceu@icdl.com when you register for any courses or conferences to get instructions on processing your continuing education. 





Counseling

ICDL has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6733. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ICDL is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  DIR 101, 201, 202, 203, 204, and the 2015 Annual Conference are all available for NBCC continuing education credits unless it is indicated otherwise.  The number of CEUs for NBCC are based on the number of "seat" hours for the course.  In other words, the number of actual instruction hours.  For example, DIR 101 is 12 and DIR 201, 202, and 203 are all 28. 



Social Work

ICDL was approved by NASW, but we are currently in transition since NASW is not accepted by many states.  At the moment, ICDL does not have approval for social workers besides New York State.  We expect to have approval in place for many other social workers starting in May, 2017.

NEW YORK STATE:

Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0371.


State of Illinois Early Intervention Professionals


Select DIR courses are approved for
the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program. 
  • Current courses available: these specific DIR 101 and DIR 203 approved courses listed on the Illinois Early Intervention Training website are the only courses available for IL EI professional credit currently.  ICDL must apply for each specific class.  If you are an IL EI professional that is interested in a course not listed, please e-mail ceu@icdl.com to inquire.  We may be able to add sessions of courses. 

Art Therapy

According to the ATR-BC Recertification Standards, ICDL training programs that are approved by one of the other national continuing education boards listed on this page, may be eligible for Art Therapy continuing education credit. These standards state, "CECs will be accepted for all courses or events that fit in the ATCB Eligible Content Areas and that are presented or approved by any of the following art therapy, mental health, or behavioral sciences entities: state licensing authority, national professional organization, or national credentialing body for continuing education credit."  It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if an ICDL program qualifies or not.  ICDL is not an approved ATR-BC continuing education providerand as such can not award ATR-BC continuing education credits directly. 


Other Professionals

ICDL is in the process of assessing our continuing education credentials and applying for continuing education credits for additional professionals.  Please contact ceu@icdl.com if you have any specific questions.  However, as of this date, we are only approve to provide continuing education as indicated above.