Non-Social Features of Autism: Identifying Neural Mechanisms and Treatments for Improving Outcomes


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Doylestown Health & Wellness Center Auditorium
847 Easton Rd./Rt. 611, Warrington, PA 18976
at the intersection of Route 611 and Shetland Rd.
approx. 4 miles north of the Willow Grove/Doylestown exit of the PA Turnpike

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Caroline O'Connell 
Foundations Community Partnership 

This informative presentation will cover the non-social features of autism, including a review of the neural mechanisms that are currently known to influence the severity of repetitive behaviors in ASD, as well as common co-occurring psychiatric conditions (ADHD, anxiety). Dr. Yerys will also describe recent neuropsychological findings and common assessment tools in ASD, as well as discuss the newer treatments to address non-social features of ASD, including school-based treatment.

Workshop Objectives
At the end of this activity the learner will be able to:

• Describe the neural circuits that are implicated in repetitive behaviors and co-occurring ADHD symptoms in ASD
• Identify limitations of cognitive assessment as a diagnostic indicator for ASD
• Name the key elements of regulatory scripts to support flexible thinking and behavior in youth with ASD

Presenter: Benjamin E. Yerys, Ph.D., is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a child psychologist in the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Yerys conducts evaluations for children and adolescents and leads CAR’s research on the brain basis and treatment of attention and executive function. He has published extensively on the presence of executive function impairments in children with ASD, and how they relate to core repetitive behavior symptoms of ASD or common co-occurring disorders like ADHD. Dr. Yerys’ goal is to use this information to inform or create new treatments that can be tailored specifically to the needs of individual children.

Continuing Education Credits 

Three continuing education credits will be offered for PA Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, NBCC Counselors, and educators under Act 48.

NBCC: Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Psychologists: Foundations Community Partnership is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. FCP maintains responsibility for this program and content.

PA Social Workers: PA State Board accepts APA and NBCC approval for SW, MFT, and LPC.

Educators: Application has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for three Act 48 Continuing Education Credits.

(Note that you do not need a Paypal account to complete payment, you can “checkout as guest.”) The registration fee is $70 for each workshop.

To pay by check, complete the registration and select "pay by check." Send payment to FCP, 1456 Ferry Rd., Suite 404, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Foundations Community Partnership reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to any unforeseen circumstances. In the event of a cancellation or postponement, FCP will refund any registration fees, but is not responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses to participants.

  • More than two weeks prior to the function - your choice of a full refund via check, credit for future workshop, or a future event registration
  • Less than two weeks, but more than three days prior to the function - full refund via credit towards future event registration
  • Three days or less prior to event - no refunds available. Sorry, there are no exceptions.

Yes! You can substitute another person if you cannot attend. Please let us know 24 hours in advance. 

For more information on contact hours, cancellation policy or requests for special needs for participants, please call Caroline O’Connell Sinton at 267-247-5584.

Register Now! Note: You can check out using your credit/debit card even if you do not have a Paypal account. If you prefer to pay by check, complete the registration and select "pay by check." Send payment to FCP, 1456 Ferry Rd., Suite 404, Doylestown, PA 18901 and note your name and which workshop.