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Kennedy Krieger Institute Outpatient Building

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Title of Lecture:
Authentic Strength-Based Practice in Autism: Changing Our Behavior

Guest lecturer:

Speaker: Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York University

Lecture Objectives:

  1. Understand a strength based approach as applied to individuals on the autism spectrum.

  2. Translate research findings on strength based interventions, resilience and motivation into a strength based practice.

  3. Re-frame the role of occupational therapy as central to using a strength based approach as part of our unique value to the client we serve.

  4. Understand how professional biases may impact the utilization of a strength based approach.


Dr. Patten Koenig biography

Dr. Patten Koenig is an occupational therapist, with a PhD in Educational Psychology who examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Her research focuses on utilizing a strength based paradigm and the individual with ASD's perspective to understand the impact of these issues on quality of life and adaptive behavior in order to guide person centered interventions utilizing strengths in inclusive settings. Dr. Koenig is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for children and adolescents with autism in the New York City Department of Education. She is currently Co-PI of a NSF grant entitled "IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum" that leverages STEM interests of middle school students with autism to develop social competence and potential career pathways. She is also PI of the GIFTED project, a 3 year grant project aimed at developing women leaders in public schools in Ghana. Dr. Patten Koenig teaches professional and post professional courses in the area of pediatric intervention, school based practice and the challenges and opportunities with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Patten Koenig has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining the efficacy of public school interventions and examining autism from a strength based or abilities based model.


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