Evidence-Based Intervention and Support with Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Challenges, Risks, and Quality of Life
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
3 Credits - BCBA Type II CEU
Evidence-based intervention with adolescents and adults with ASD is complex and, at the same time, limited in scope by a relatively small – albeit growing -- research base. And while much of the behavior analytic research with young children can, at least in part, be generalized to older learners, this still represents a narrow band of necessary adult competencies. This had lead Roux, et al, (2015) to note that young adults with autism have a difficult time following high school for almost any outcome you choose - working, continuing school, living independently, socializing and participating in the community, and staying healthy and safe.” (p. 8). This presentation will provide an overview of the current literature on supporting adolescents and adults, of what constitutes evidence-based practice, and the potential of applied behavior analysis to improve individual quality of life in adulthood for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
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