Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Students With Autism

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 8: Psychological Services for Students With Autism

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe social–emotional assessment strategies.
  2. analyze risk and protective factors associated with mental health concerns among individuals with ASD.
  3. assess school-based prevention and intervention strategies to address their needs.

Description

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have increased levels of depression, anxiety, oppositional behavior, aggression, irritability, and self-injurious behaviors. Due to the heightened risk of mental health concerns among individuals with ASD, addressing their needs is imperative. Thus, this presentation will provide an overview of related risk and protective factors associated with mental health concerns, provide suggestions for conducting social–emotional assessments, and discuss school-based prevention and intervention strategies to address their needs.

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Presenter(s)

Anaiza Valladolid, Savanna School District

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