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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W7
CE Offered: BACB
Comorbidity of Motor Impairments With Autism and Practical Recommendations Using Behavior Approach
Thursday, May 23, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 12-13
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Maria Mobo, M.A.
MARIA MOBO (MAIA Autisme Paris, France)
Description: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is not associated with motor disturbances but motor impairments or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) are prevalent and persistent in ASD. Children with ASD rarely receive a dual diagnosis of DCD and those who present symptoms of motor disturbance seldom benefit motor-related interventions. A major reform in France has been instituted to align and integrate practice at the base of a single diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorder. From this position, the workshop outlines in greater detail the comorbidity between ASD and DCD and presents an integrated intervention method using behavioral approach. MAIA Autisme in Paris is the reference in France for sports and physical education in autism. The workshop will present in part a program developed for children and adolescents which is easy to adapt in individual and group settings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to : (1) Identify the sub-group of people with ASD needing intervention in the physical-motor domain; (2) Develop practical behavior programs to address functional motor impairments; (3) Design a platform for integrative and pluri-disciplinary practice.
Activities: The format combines lecture, video presentation, small group activities, review of case studies, and guided practice.
Audience: It is ideal for audience who are involved with the ASD population and have a basic knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, comorbidity, developmental coordination, motor impairments

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