Understanding Autism as an Information Processing Disorder
Students with autism spectrum disorder have significant information processing deficits that impact functioning in many areas. Recent research has shown how neurologically based processing problems lead to the types of social, communication, sensory, and behavior symptoms we see in this population. During this webcast Dr. Nicole Beurkens will review the current research on processing in ASD in order to lay a foundation for understanding the types of strategies that are helpful to address these deficits.
Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, founder and director of the Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Caledonia, Michigan, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in special education. She holds a professional teaching certificate and has been certified in many specialized therapies for autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Beurkens has authored numerous articles, research studies, and books, and writes a popular newsletter for thousands of subscribers each week. With a background in child development, classroom teaching, family-based therapy, and research, Dr. Beurkens is an award-winning therapist, consultant, and speaker for families and professionals throughout the United States and abroad. You can find more of her strategies for parents and professionals, and sign up to receive her newsletter at www.DrBeurkens.com.