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Grand Rounds: Autism Interventions: Overview and Practical Applications to Promote Successful Encounters


By Allison Burke, PhD , Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist; Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe three or more intervention strategies from evidence-based treatment models for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 2. Assess possible functions of patient behavior using the ABC model. 3. List examples of modifications to the environment and staff behavior that may be beneficial for patients with ASD.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Improved treatment methods that will benefit pediatric patients with ASD.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


The speaker, Allison Burke, PhD, has returned the disclosure form indicating there are no relevant financial or other relationships with any commercial interests

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Cooper J.O, Heron T.E, Heward W.L. Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson; 2020.

Rogers S.J., Dawson G. Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement. Guilford Press; New York, NY, USA: 2010.

Bearss, K., Johnson, C.R., Handen, B.L., Butter, E., Lecavalier, L., Smith, T., & Scahill, L. (2018). Parent Training for Disruptive Behavior: The RUBI Autism Network. Oxford.

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