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Not Just Surviving, but Thriving with Autism

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Kimberly J. Clairy, OTR/L
1 Hour 35 Minutes
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Apr 21, 2022
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Autistic individuals report feeling misunderstood by providers, teachers, and family members, which affects the types and effectiveness of interventions offered. So instead of thriving, many are merely surviving. For this to change, those supporting autistics need to develop a deeper empathetic lens to look through.

Watch Kim Clairy, OTR/L, an autistic occupational therapist as she shares her inner world. You’ll learn how to apply evidence-based strategies through an autistic lens to address sensory, emotional, executive functioning, social, and communication challenges autistic individuals often experience. Additionally, you will learn ways to uncover and treat the root of problematic behaviours while also respecting autism’s unique ways of processing the world.



This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Kim Clairy, OTR/L, is an autistic occupational therapist, international speaker, consultant, author, and self-advocate. Diagnosed with autism, Kim learned to break through personal and societal barriers, including navigating the healthcare system with ASD and an eating disorder. Her experiences forged a passion for educating others on autism with the hope of helping give voice to those unable to articulate their inner worlds. Using personal and professional experiences, Kim educates on many facets of autism across the lifespan including eating disorders, trauma, mental health, ADHD, intimacy, relationships, self-awareness, problem-solving through challenging behaviors, and much more!

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kimberly Clairy has an employment relationship with Autism Out of the Box LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kimberly Clairy is autistic and has friends and colleagues who are autistic. She is on the executive board of Milestones Conference committee. She has a professional relationship with the Ziggurat Group.


  1. Determine the root of problematic behaviors for autistic individuals.
  2. Design interventions to create supportive environments for ASD individuals in the home, classroom, and/or office.
  3. Construct tools to help ASD individuals identify emotions, match emotions to strategies, and communicate needs to others.
  4. Employ strategies to help the ASD individuals with community integration and daily life.


  • Dangers of Not Treating through an Autism Lens
    • Who am I and who is the guy next to me
    • Importance of respecting ASD special interest
  • ASD Processing Differences
    • How they manifest in daily life across multiple settings
    • Case example, video demo, virtual live demos, and life experiences to illustrate:
      • Communication
      • Social
      • Emotion
      • Sensory
      • Cognitive processing
      • ASD strengths
  • Problem Solving through an ASD lens
    • Task-analysis break down
    • Finding patterns in behaviors through data gathering
    • Methods to help those without ASD look through an ASD lens
  • Address ASD Challenges
  • Intervention Ziggurat levels to guide implementation of supports used
  • Create systems, coping strategies, and develop tools for:
    • Sensory supports
    • Building interoceptive awareness
    • Tools to regulate and communicate emotions
    • Tools for managing change, getting stuck in loops, difficulty with transitions
    • Supports for community engagement
    • Communication, social, and relationship supports
    • Number system for communicating and monitoring levels of regulation
    • Strategies to help with the inclusion
    • Perseveration and developing a pause button
  • Limitations of Research and Potential Risks

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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