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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Interventions for Improving Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults

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Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA
6 Hours 16 Minutes
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Nov 10, 2016
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Join autism expert and author, Cara Daily, PhD, and learn how to integrate the latest research on brain development in your work with children with autism (0-25 years old). You will walk away with up-to-date behavioral strategies to teach new skills and behaviors related to co-occurring deficits related to:

  • Social-Communication
  • Sensory
  • Meltdowns
  • Anxiety/Rigidity
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • ADHD/Executive
  • Functions
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive
  • Disorder
  • Self-Help Skills

In this hands-on seminar, you will discover what it is like to have a brain with autism. Once you experience the difference between a typical brain and a brain with autism, you will be able to design more effective and successful interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years!

Through dynamic discussion using dozens of case studies, video examples and experiential exercises and activities you will learn new strategies for treating autism, maintaining and generalizing positive behaviors, the ins and out of functional behavioral assessments and how to problem solve challenging behaviors with this population.



This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA, is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She works directly with educators, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, BCBAs and other professionals. Dr. Daily is the president and training director of Daily Behavioral Health, a leading behavioral health provider in northeast Ohio specializing in assessment, consultation, and treatment of autism, anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders. She is the founder and executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center, which has received numerous grants to provide free and reduced cost applied behavioral analysis services to individuals with autism.

Dr. Daily has written several cognitive-behavioral and behavioral-based curriculums focusing on teaching daily living skills to children with autism and published a peer-reviewed journal article supporting evidence for success of these programs. She has presented nationally on topics of autism, disruptive behaviors disorders, anxiety and chronic health conditions in the pediatric population. Dr. Daily has been featured in radio, television, and other media platforms in northeast Ohio. She is the author of The Key to Autism: An Evidence-Based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2016).

Dr. Daily received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Daily is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Fairview Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Christian Association of Psychological Studies.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cara Marker Daily is the president/training director for Daily Behavioral Health, Inc.  She is the founder/executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center.  She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Dr. Daily receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Cara Marker Daily is a community advisory board member of the Fairview Hospital. She is a board member for Building Behaviors Autism Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association.



  1. Research and diagnose autism using DSM-5® and ICD-10 updates.
  2. Differentiate between abilities that are intact versus impaired in the brain with autism.
  3. Compare and evaluate empirically validated strategies for children with autism.
  4. Identify the best time to teach a new behavior.
  5. Determine the 2 major functions of a behavior using case examples.
  6. Utilize appropriate social-communication strategies to teach new behaviors.
  7. Design effective strategies for treating autism spectrum disorder and challenging behaviors.
  8. Research certain punishment techniques and the ethical dilemmas in using them.


Diagnostic Criteria

  • ICD-10 updates vs DSM-5®
  • Social (pragmatic) communication disorder
  • Comorbid disorders
  • Conceptual framework
  • Screening and assessment tools

Brain Function: How the Brain with Autism Works

  • Latest research in ASD brain development
  • Enhanced vs impaired abilities
  • Information processing: Typical brain vs brain with autism
  • Key analogy to understanding autism
  • Activities: Experience what it is like to have autism

Evidence-Based Interventions: Video Demonstrations

  • Teach self-help skills: Hygiene, toileting, getting dressed, feeding
  • Decrease aggression, self-injury, perseveration and sexual behaviors
  • Functional behavioral assessments simplified

Social-Communication Interventions

  • Visual systems to improve communication
  • Programs to assist in generalizing social skills
  • Video modeling and role play to teach social rules
  • Teach pragmatic language and other abstract issues
  • Social stories™, social autopsies, power cards and the hidden curriculum
  • Sensory Interventions
  • Appropriate self-stimulatory behaviors
  • Exposure therapy
  • Coping/calming techniques that reduce meltdowns
  • Sensory Diets

Depression, Anxiety, and OCD Interventions

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • What to do when they become stuck on high interest areas
  • Self-regulation strategies
  • Tools to recognize emotions
  • Relaxation techniques for stress management

Interventions for ADHD, ODD and Other Challenging Behaviors

  • Staying on-task and motivation through schedules, time-lines, web diagramming
  • Noncompliance and oppositional behaviors
  • Reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviors by setting them up for success
  • Mistakes that escalate defiant behaviors
  • Overcome refusals to comply with even simple requests

Psychopharmacological Interventions

  • Commonly prescribed medications
  • Medication efficacy
  • Risks versus benefits

Ethical Challenges in Autism

  • Welfare of the individual
  • Informed consent
  • Use of restraints
  • Time-out vs. seclusion

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 5


Elizabeth W

"Great course! Dr. Daily spoke well to various professions and was easy to listen to and learn from. Also, I am very pleased with your mobile app, it made completing the course while traveling a breeze! "

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