What You Will Learn

A recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report states that 1 in 68 children have autism – an alarming 30% increase since 2012.  The number is far more prevalent in males (1 in 42).   Individuals with traits on the autism spectrum are at a high statistical risk of developing PTSD as well as other comorbidities that negatively impact their functioning level.  As children, they are five times more likely to be bullied or abused than neurotypical individuals.

This 90-minute webinar will help professionals in a school setting increase their awareness of the often hidden vulnerabilities with this growing group of children with hyper-reactive brains living in, what can be considered, an “aversive intense world.”  Since the research conducted from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study there has been a heightened awareness of focusing on treating trauma more assertively.  In fact, there are significant legal efforts demanding that school systems apply trauma-Informed practices.  And with the increased prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder, schools are more challenged than ever to be autism spectrum-informed to best meet the needs of these students.

This information-packed webinar will cover:

  • Exploring the etiology of trauma and the nervous system.
  • Review of current research on the relation of trauma, the brain and autism
  • Types of traumatic exposure and impact to people with ASD
  • Effects and factors of bullying on students with ASD
  • Bridging the gap between autistic thinking and the neurotypical mind.
  • The difference between psychosis and the autistic world.
  • Examples of how these Symptoms can play Out in a school setting – with sometimes tragic results but also with magnificent outcomes.
  • Interventions addressing the following:
    • Transitions
    • Sensory processing challenges
    • Receptive and expressive delays
    • Meltdowns
    • Deep defense mode
    • Over-consumption of gaming

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify connections between the effects of trauma and ASD
  • Create solutions and interventions for the traumatized autistic child addressing difficulties with transitions, sensory processing, and other environmental stressors
  • Provide improved linkage of schools with mental health and other agencies supporting the developmentally challenged

You Will Also Receive

The registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant the afternoon prior to the webinar.

Benefits from Taking this Webinar
  • Valuable Information – From a nationally known speaker with a reputation for providing insightful and useful information.
  • Inexpensive – Eliminate travel arrangements and travel expenses that you would ordinarily need to expend to attend a professional seminar such as this one.
  • Efficient – No need to spend time arranging for and traveling to this seminar
  • Access PowerPoint™ Visuals – as Craig McCullough progresses through the seminar. A copy of the PowerPoint™ presentation slides will be available to you upon registration.
  • Reproducibles – Handouts and worksheets will be available to you, upon registration.

Potential Funding

Research-based, outcome-based continuing education opportunities from Developmental Resources may qualify for funding under Title 1 Part A Targeted Assistance Program Grants; Title II Part A Improving Teacher Quality Grants; Perkins Professional Technical Education Grants as well as other federal, state and local sources. Requirements vary from state to state. Contact your local administrator.

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Group Discounts

Available for attendees from the same school system or private practice.

3-5 Attendees 10% off
6-9 Attendees 15% off
10-19 Attendees 20% off
20+ Attendees 25% off
Unlimited Access CD
The pre-recorded webinar on CD will be shipped to you for unlimited viewing.

In order to be eligible for group discounts, we must receive ALL registrations at the SAME time.

Single User
Grade Levels: K-12

Unlimited Access DVD
Grade Levels: K-12

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Craig McCullough
About the Presenter

Craig McCullough has been a counselor educator for the past 20 years working with children and families in various settings.  These have included schools, residential day treatment facilities, inpatient hospital programs, community-based models and a traditional psychotherapy practice.  He has specialized using various trauma-focused approaches.  With the rise in the diagnosis of autism, Craig became more exposed to clients who were on the spectrum.  He soon discovered the conventional wisdom surrounding autism to be not entirely adequate in appropriately treating the social and emotional struggles of this population.  His family has also been given the challenge and privilege of raising a daughter diagnosed with Asperger’s – which has provided him additional insights.