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Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Students with ASD
Presented by: Danielle Liso, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Liso graduated from Johns Hopkins University, earning her Masters in severe and profound disabilities. She went on to achieve her Doctorate in early childhood special education with a focus on autism from Vanderbilt University. She is a board-certified behavior analyst and has been working the field of autism for 24 years. Some of her previous roles have included special educator, researcher for the U.S. Department of Education, clinical director, owner of a private practice specializing in parent training, assistant professor of special education, and director of an inclusive preschool program. Dr. Liso serves as Assistant Director of UF CARD. Her special interests include parent training programs, peer awareness and acceptance programs, dual diagnosis and ASD, and the use of telehealth technologies to support caregivers and professionals.

Training Description: As school-age children, especially those with ASD, struggle to cope with increasing social and academic demands, they often experience difficulties managing their emotions and making good decisions. Individuals with ASD often have co-occurring mental health diagnoses, included depression and anxiety. Individuals with ASD between the ages of 13-18 have higher rates of anxiety than any other age group, and the rates of depression and suicide for teens with autism are 28 times higher than that of the general population.

During this 90 minute session, participants will learn how mental health challenges impact the social, emotional, and cognitive abilities of individuals with autism. They will also learn how to identify and implement tools and strategies to address specific mental health needs.

Mar 15, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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