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Autism Identification: How Early is too Early

In this seminar, Susan Hamre answers the question “How early is too early?” when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder and early intervention. In this seminar you will learn how to:
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Faculty:
Susan Hamre
Duration:
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Nov 20, 2020

Description

In this seminar, Susan Hamre answers the question “How early is too early?” when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder and early intervention. In this seminar you will learn how to:

  • Turn hyper-focused behaviors into an asset
  • Look at “stimming” through a new lens
  • Increase the child’s overall learning trajectory
  • Prevent the development of secondary behavioral patterns

Handouts

Outline

Screening and Identification

  • ‘Red Flags’ of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants
  • Characteristics and behavioral patterns found in infants and toddlers at risk for ASD
  • Magic and pitfalls of questionnaires
  • Questions to anticipate from family members

Treatment/Strategies

  • Increase the child’s overall learning trajectory
  • Preventing the development of secondary behavioral patterns
  • Consider a ‘new look’ at “stimming”
  • How to approach reduced engagement
  • Turning hyper-focusing behaviors into an asset
  • How replacement behaviors can help and what’s behind repetitive behaviors

Case Studies for Screening, Assessment and Treatment

  • 3-year-old who turned vomiting into a successful career
  • 2.5-year old 24/7 head banger and what helped him turn the corner
  • Music ‘saves a child’s life’
  • Sometimes, silence is the best form of ‘communication’!

Faculty

Autism Identification: How Early is too Early

Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP Related seminars and products: 7


Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching and research experience with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She owns and manages a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on Early Intervention, autism and various other challenging conditions. A clinician at heart, Susan has personally provided treatment for children as young as nine months, on up. She has had the pleasure of working with some individuals and their families for over 20 years.

Susan is a national presenter teaching treatment strategies for autism to rehab professionals, mental health clinicians and educators. She provides autism trainings to First Responders (Crisis Intervention Teams, firefighters and EMT. Susan was the Director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps in Illinois, where trained first responders, transportation systems, park districts, small and large venues, nursing colleges, medical centers, parent groups and public school systems. Years of professional experience backs up her ability to speak on this subject with conviction and passion.

Susan has made five Operation Smile mission trips; four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, she was privy to identify the existence of probable autism, then steering the families in the right direction. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak autism can be spotted at a very young age, in all sorts of environments and even when the same language is not being spoken.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Hamre maintains a private practice.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-Financial: Susan Hamre has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.